Management Seminar Faculty

Bill Allen

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.

Bob Giannino

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, 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. 

David Howse

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.

Shaheer Mustafa

President & CEO, HopeWell

Shaheer Mustafa, LICSW, CCDP joined HopeWell in 2016 as the organization was re-envisioning itself for the 21st century. Bringing a mix of private nonprofit and public service experience to his role, Shaheer is guiding the organization’s renewed energy, program growth, and emphasis on creating positive, measurable outcomes. He oversees HopeWell’s programs and partnerships, manages its resources, and nurtures a positive, inclusive, and transparent organizational culture.

Prior to joining HopeWell Shaheer served as Director of Areas for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Arlington and Coastal Area Offices. While managing child protective services across 31 cities and towns he developed a strong reputation for leadership in improved permanency for children, reducing disproportionality in the foster care system, and leading creative efforts to respond to the opiate crisis.

Shaheer previously served as Director of the Knight's Children’s Center, a residential school and treatment program of the Home for Little Wanderers, was a faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Urban Leadership program and is currently a Core Instructor for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice in affiliation with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Shaheer’s work has been highlighted in numerous publications and he is widely recognized as a leader in the sector. 

Shaheer began his career as a therapist assisting children and families to overcome the impact of complex stress using empowerment and strengths-based models of practice. He received a B.S. in Sociology and a 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 Institute for Nonprofit Practice.


Neil Nicoll

President Emeritus, YMCA of the USA

Neil Nicoll is president emeritus of YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). From June 2006 until January 2015, he served as president and CEO of Y-USA, the 13th person to lead the Y Movement in the United States. He joined Y-USA following 14 years as president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. He previously was president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Worcester (Massachusetts) for 12 years.

The nation’s 2,700 YMCAs strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, drawing on their collective strength as one of the nation’s largest nonprofit community service organizations to respond to critical social issues. Led by 250,000 professional staff and 600,000 volunteers, YMCAs serve 10,000 communities and 22 million children and adults nationwide.

Neil earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Nazarene College, a master’s degree in education from Springfield College, and management certificates from Clark University and Harvard Business School.  

Neil currently serves as chairman of the Independent Sector Board of Directors and as a steering committee member of ChildObesity 180. He previously served as a trustee of Springfield College, a trustee of America’s Promise Alliance and a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In addition, he was a member of the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention and a board member of the National Assembly.