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Erika Takada, MPH

Senior Research Consultant

Contact: etakada@engagerd.com

Erika collaborates with foundations and community agencies to help them build and learn about their programs, systems, and community investments. Erika is inspired by community organizations’ ability to use data and community voices to address the needs of families and children. She offers significant expertise in both public health and early education.

Erika has 20 years of experience in research and evaluation, including 14 years in senior leadership roles at consulting firms. Previously she held positions with the Public Health Institute and the Stanford Prevention Research Institute. Through that work, she developed a strong foundation in survey design and administration, measurement, and qualitative methods. She has worked with clients such as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Oakland Public Education Fund, the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. Erika is known for translating data trends into compelling dashboards, insightful program recommendations, and strategic frameworks that are practical and actionable for her clients.

Erika is also an experienced teacher and trainer. She leads capacity-building and learning sessions for consultants, foundation staff, and community partners on topics such as evaluation design, logic modeling, and program reflection. Erika is adjunct faculty at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and served on the Pre-K Advisory Board for BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). She is also fluent in Japanese.

 

Education

Master of Public Health, San Diego State University

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Boston University