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David Shapiro


David Shapiro is the President & CEO of MENTOR. He has diverse experience in the non-profit sector as a funder, fundraiser, and non-profit manager. David began his career with United States Golf Association (USGA) as they launched their foundation with a 10-year, $50 million commitment to use golf to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities. He served as grants officer for the 13-state East Region of the country.

After a stint as the assistant in Player Development for the Cleveland Indians in 2000, Shapiro returned to the USGA Foundation as the co-director. His focus was on the daily evolution and implementation of the personal and professional development program for staff, communications, strategic planning, and the management of $15 million in grants. In his time with the Foundation, grant guidelines were created, a staff development curriculum was implemented, and he was named by Golfweek one of the 40 most influential people under 40 in golf.

In 2003, Shapiro moved from funder to fundraiser as the Director of Institutional Advancement for the American Red Cross of Mass Bay (ARCMB), headquartered in Boston and the 6th largest Red Cross chapter in the nation with an annual budget of $12 million. At ARCMB, Shapiro directed planning and operations for the Annual Clara Barton Humanitarian Awards Gala. The 2003 and 2004 events were the two most financially successful in the event's history. At ARCMB, Shapiro managed the allocation processes and relationships with four United Ways, obtained the three largest institutional gifts in the organization's history for three different service lines; each was a $75,000+ gift, developed cause marketing programs resulting in first-time relationships generating $50,000+, and exceeded prior year net revenue by more than $300,000.

In late 2004, Shapiro became President and CEO of the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), the state's umbrella organization for youth mentoring programs and the only statewide organization solely dedicated to strategically expanding youth mentoring. Shapiro is charged with building operational and financial infrastructure, ensuring that MMP is leveraging and maximizing human and financial investment in the field and providing training and services to mentoring programs to ensure that youth have a caring and trusted adult in their lives. In the past three years, the organization has grown revenue by 300%, created a nationally recognized quality-based membership model, doubled state funding for mentoring, and launched the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge.

Now, as the CEO of Mentor he helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.

Shapiro, a native of Baltimore, attended Amherst College (Mass.), where he double majored in English and Political Science and was a Tri-Captain on the Football Team and GTE Division III Academic All-American. Shapiro lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Kristin and son Brennan.