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LaKisha Hoffman

LaKisha Hoffman, MSW

Senior Director, School and Community Programs
Child Mind Institute, San Francisco Bay Area

LaKisha Hoffman, MSW is currently serving as Senior Director of School and Community Programs at the Child Mind Institute. As a senior director for School and Community Programs, LaKisha will focus her attention on expanding the reach of the Child Mind Institute’s direct service and professional training programs in schools and communities throughout the State of California. LaKisha also is responsible for general oversight and management of the Youth Mental Health Academy, a community-based career development program which is being developed and operated through a three-year contract between the Child Mind Institute and the state of California. LaKisha has 20 years of experience in mental health and public education, including as a teacher, assistant principal, mental health director, and school social worker.  As a social worker, LaKisha specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy and evidence-based behavioral interventions. As a school administrator, LaKisha worked to build the capacity of educators to create safe, supportive, and equitable learning environments to promote students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being. In all of her experiences in school and community settings, her purpose has been to honor the resiliency of the communities she serves while providing them with the resources for healing and transformation.


  • Director of SEL and Strategic Implementation, Sown to Grow, Oakland, CA
  • Mental Health Director, Caliber Public Schools, Richmond, CA
  • Assistant Principal of School Culture, Caliber Public Schools, Richmond, CA
  • School Social Worker, Perspectives Math and Science Academy, Chicago, IL
  • School Social Work Intern, Hinsdale North, Hinsdale, IL
  • School Social Work Intern, Communities in Schools, Aurora, IL
  • Physical Education Teacher, Near North Montessori, Chicago, IL
  • Youth Program Coordinator, New Heights Youth, New York, NY
  • Youth Mental Health Counselor, Maryhurst Youth, Louisville, KY


  • Professional Educator License, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Type 73 School Social Worker, Pre-K–22, Illinois State Board of Education


  • MSW, Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • BA, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
  • BS, Psychology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

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