Erika Takada

Senior Research Associate

Erika is a seasoned evaluator with a deep commitment to helping the social sector adapt complex research methods to real world settings. She has more than 15 years of experience researching public health, education, early childhood, and human services.  Her work has ranged from designing and leading sophisticated longitudinal studies of child and family outcomes to overseeing rapid-cycle evaluations of community-based media advocacy efforts. In addition to leading projects, Erika frequently advises other Harder+Company teams on particularly complex evaluation design or analysis considerations. She is fluent in Japanese.

Prior to joining Harder+Company in 2004, Erika spent several years researching wellness and disease prevention issues such as nutrition, physical activity, and childhood obesity. She directed a four-year, federally-funded study at the Stanford Prevention Research Center on the prevention of both Type 2 Diabetes and childhood obesity in girls. Erika also previously served as an evaluation specialist with California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition). Erika is a board member of Hikari no Gakko, a community-based Japanese cultural school for children K-8. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  Erika also enjoys playing music with her kids and focusing on interior design projects at home.

Education
  • Master of Public Health, San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Boston University
Areas of Expertise
  • Early Childhood
  • Education
  • Health