Management Seminar Faculty
Adjunct Lecturer, International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Throughout a career of over forty years, Bill Allen has been an innovative and strategic leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He held senior management positions in three local United Ways, most recently as Executive Vice President of Community Services at the United Way of Rhode Island (1977 to 2004). He was interim president of this United Way in 1996.
Bill teaches courses in nonprofit policy and practice and social entrepreneurship at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He has responsibility for the Policy in Action consultancy program for MPA students. Allen has been a member of the adjunct faculties at Providence College and Boston College School of Social Work. He joined the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership (INML) as a Senior Fellow in 2016 and will be Management Seminar Faculty for the 2016-2017 program in Providence, Rhode Island.
Allen was elected to a four-year term on the Cumberland School Committee in 1986 and chair of the committee in 1988. He has been chair of the board of several Rhode Island-based nonprofits. He is a member of the board of Butler Hospital Foundation and is board chair at Children’s Friend.
Bill has a Master in Social Planning (MSP) degree from Boston College School of Social Work. He received the John O. Stiteley Distinguished Public Service Award from the RI Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the David E. Sweet Leadership Award from Leadership Rhode Island.
Faculty Director, Institute for Nonprofit Practice
Aviva’s experience practice draws on 18 years in the nonprofit and public sectors facilitating group processes, creating generative workplace cultures and building relationships among diverse stakeholders. Most recently, Aviva directed Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations where she managed global civil society research teams, and taught courses on transformational leadership, collaborative team design, nonprofit finance and fundraising. Aviva’s prior professional experience has focused on higher education administration, social sector leadership and bringing voice to historically marginalized communities, including work with the RAND Corporation, Los Angeles County, and Coro leadership centers. Aviva’s passions center on inspiring professional and personal resilience, modeling authentic leadership, and developing cross-cultural competency. She is routinely recognized for her aptitude and fluency in group facilitation and public speaking. A native of New York City, Aviva holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Pomona College. Aviva resides in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two children.
Chief Executive Officer, uAspire
Bob is Chief Executive Officer of uAspire, a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people, families and college access and success practitioners. Through local operations in Massachusetts (Boston, Lawrence, Fall River, Somerville, Malden and Cambridge) and the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward), training partnerships reaching 26 other states, and a national virtual advising effort, this year, uAspire will impact the lives of more than 250,000 young people.
Under Bob’s leadership, uAspire has been recognized for the important role it plays on issues of college access, success and affordability. Since 2010, uAspire has received the Organization of Excellence Award by the National College Access Network, was named a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum, was recognized by Opportunity Knocks as one of nation’s “Best Non-Profits to Work For” and the Boston Foundation for “exceptional non-profit leadership”, and was recipient of Year Up’s Urban Empowerment Award. In 2015, Bob was awarded the prestigious Barr Fellowship for his “outstanding contribution to the Boston community and potential to drive positive change for years to come.”
Bob and uAspire have been featured in numerous media outlets for their expertise on issues of college affordability, including NPR, Time Magazine, the New York Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education and National Journal. Bob is also a regular contributor to NBCUniversal’s Education Nation online Parent ToolKit. Bob is on the Faculty of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and serves on numerous Boards including Idealist.org, the world’s largest non-profit internet job site, and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, as well as the Advisory Boards of Excel Academy Charter Schools and Noonan Scholars.
As the first in his family to attend college, a product of the Somerville (MA) Public Schools, and a graduate of Harvard College, Bob knows the vital role that strong financial aid advice and minimizing debt plays in ensuring a strong economic future. He resides in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.
President & CEO, Dare Family Services Inc.
Shaheer Mustafa, LICSW, CCDP is the President and CEO of Dare Family Services Inc. Dare provides comprehensive foster care to youth involved with DCF in both MA and CT as well as offering a wide array of clinical supports to families, young mothers and individuals with developmental disabilities. Prior to this, he had been the Director of Areas for the Department of Children and Families Arlington and Coastal Area Offices which provide child protective services to 31 cities and towns across Norfolk and Southern Middlesex Counties. While at DCF, he was active in addressing the child welfare response to the opiate crisis in Massachusetts and co-authored an article regarding the impact that Neo Natal Abstinence Syndrome has had on local DCF offices. Shaheer also served as the Director of the Knight's Children’s Center, a residential school and treatment program of the Home for Little Wanderers where his work was published due to the innovative and systemic approach he took in embedding family centered and strengths based practice at an organizational level. Shaheer has additional management and clinical experience in both child welfare and behavioral health settings including his work directing a DMH afterschool program, as the Assistant Director for the Lead Agency at DCF and as a clinician and therapist working with children and families who have experienced complex stress. His other areas of interest include collaborative leadership, organizational alignment, diversity and inclusion and strengths-based clinical practice. He received both his B.S. in Sociology and Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and is certified as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Shaheer also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the INML and taught the inaugural Rhode Island Core Program in 2016.
Associate Vice President & Executive Director, ArtsEmerson, Emerson College
David C. Howse is a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social integration. In his role as Associate Vice President of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, Howse is fiscally and administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Downtown Boston.
Howse previously served as the Executive Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), an organization that brings youth from the ages of 7 to 18 from the Greater Boston area to create harmony both musically and socially through a shared love of music. The singers’ powerful voices and rich diversity have inspired audiences in Boston and throughout the world. As a founding staff member, Howse was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving 20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating over 500 singers in 12 choirs in 5 locations.
Howse holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Next Generation Executive Leadership Program. He remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 100 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector world-wide.
Howse has received numerous awards for his innovative leadership including Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum Achievement Award and Boston Business Journal's “40 under 40” Award, recognizing him as one Boston’s best and brightest young executives. David serves on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, Chorus America Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the Forbes House Museum. He also serves on the corporation of the Community Music Center of Boston. David formerly served on the South Shore Hospital Board of Directors.
He lives outside of Boston with his wife, two young sons, and their four-legged son, Pluto.