Interim Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Niklaus founded Pivot Consulting because he is passionate about helping organizations fulfill their missions and inspired by working to help organizations craft strategic plans, design intentional programming, assess and coach talent, and promote the importance of performance management as a cornerstone to sustainable and intended impact. As Interim Chief Operating Officer, Andrew is a vital part of our senior leadership team, ensuring the continued quality of First Place programs, services, and organizational operations as we undertake the leadership search process.

Andrew is deeply familiar with the work of First Place, having previous served as the organizations Vice President of Programs for six years. Prior to founding Pivot Consulting, Andrew was Director of Impact and Learning at Tipping Point Community, a San Francisco Bay Area foundation that funds organizations in the fight against poverty and inequality.  In addition to First Place, Andrew’s experience with direct service organizations includes serving as Director of Education and Employment Programs at Larkin Street Youth Services and Associate Director of Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY). He has been active in the performance management field, first as a member of Social Solutions’ National Advisory Board, and later as a part of Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel, which was charged with helping to improve the way high-performing nonprofit organizations are evaluated and rated for excellence.  Andrew is also a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, whose members are from social, public, and private sectors, which focuses on the importance of high performance in the pursuit of lasting impact and a more just and sustainable world.  (