Steven Elson, Ph.D.
selson [at] casapacifica [dot] org
Dr. Steven Elson has been the chief executive officer of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families since 1994. Prior to coming to Casa Pacifica, Dr. Elson served as executive director of The Sycamores in Pasadena, California and as Vice President for Services at Klingberg Family Centers in Connecticut. Under his leadership Casa Pacifica has grown dramatically. Starting out serving only children on campus in residential treatment and emergency shelter -- slightly over 300 in the first year of operation (1994), Casa Pacifica now serves more than 3,500 children and their families each year through a number of community-based, in-home programs in both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. With a staff over 380 and an annual budget of $24 million, Casa Pacifica was recently named the sixth largest nonprofit on California’s Central Coast. Steve has encouraged innovation and excellence in all programs and Casa Pacifica has received state and national recognition, most recently at the annual conference of the California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth where Casa Pacifica received the prestigious 2009 “Exemplary Program of the Year” award. Steve received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University and a number of his papers/articles have appeared in professional journals. He has been active in public policy efforts benefiting children in foster care and other public service systems. He has served as President of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers California Alliance of Child & Family Services California Coalition for Mental Health California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth