Eric Nicklas is Chief Operating Officer for Forestdale, Inc., a nonprofit agency that serves children and families in Queens. Before joining Forestdale Inc., he served as the Associate Commissioner in the Division of Family Permanency Services at at the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In that role, he focused on practice and systems change in the foster care system, with emphasis on permanency for older youth and resource parent recruitment and support. He previously served as Assistant Commissioner for Research and Evaluation, in which role he managed the annual evaluation of all foster care and preventive service providers. His department was also responsible for measuring and analyzing system performance, with a focus on outcomes.

Prior to ACS, Dr. Nicklas served with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for policy and operational analyses and grant management.  He began his career in child welfare in 1990 in Los Angeles, where he counseled children and youth with severe emotional disturbances placed in residential treatment.

Dr. Nicklas holds a BA from Tufts University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare Policy and Analysis from the Columbia School of Social work in 2010.