Andrew Niklaus

Co-Principal, Impact + People

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Andrew is passionate about helping organizations fulfill their missions. In his consulting practice he is inspired by working across sectors, helping philanthropy, government agencies, and direct service 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. Before joining VLC Andrew founded Pivot Consulting and was the 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.

Prior to Tipping Point Andrew worked at several nationally recognized organizations, spearheading efforts to design and implement Theories of Change, replicate and scale services throughout the state of California, and lead efforts to secure and maintain funding for innovative and impactful programming. Andrew 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.

Andrew lives and relaxes in Santa Cruz, enjoying the ocean as well as time with his three kids. He is passionate about art, music, and the pursuit of a great laugh.