Sam Cobbs


President, Tipping Point Community

Sam Cobbs is a trained social worker and national policy expert with 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field. At the helm of nonprofits that serve foster youth and now as President of Tipping Point Community, Cobbs has demonstrated an exceptional capacity to design and implement programs that successfully improve outcomes and reduce poverty and homelessness amongst California’s most vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining Tipping Point, Cobbs served as Chief Executive Officer of First Place for Youth, where he helped grow the organization from a budget of $1.9 million to $28 million. Under his leadership, the organization’s impact increased significantly – from serving approximately 600 youth in one location in 2006 to a national program operating throughout the state of California and four other states.

Previous to his tenure at First Place for Youth, Cobbs served as Director of Program Services at Larkin Street Youth Services where he opened San Francisco’s first emergency shelter for young adults and assisted in the design and implementation of two of the nation’s most innovative housing programs for youth.

Cobbs is a graduate of the California State University, East Bay, with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in counseling with an emphasis in organizational development.