About ICF

James Coloma

Project Director, Children and Youth

James Coloma (Master of social work) is a child welfare expert with nearly 20 years of experience overseeing child welfare implementation teams. He also has experience in technical assistance, project management, curriculum and tool development, and program evaluation.

James is a skilled leader in change management and implementation science. He has helped jurisdictions implement innovations and practices geared toward improving child welfare program outcomes. James served as the state liaison while working for our Capacity Building Center for States project, directly working on projects with American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Additionally, James was part of California’s Permanency Innovative Initiative, a federally funded initiative to develop a child welfare practice model which became the foundation for California’s Integrated Core Practice Model. Through the San Diego State University Research Foundation, he provided implementation support, training, curriculum development, and evaluation to the counties in Southern California’s child welfare core training system. James also specializes in research and training evaluation and developed evaluation methodologies for several training programs throughout the United States.

  • MSW, San Diego State University
  • B.A., University of California San Diego