The Partnership, Inc. today announced Maureen Alphonse-Charles as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. A longtime business and civic leader in Boston, Alphonse-Charles brings more than 25 years of experience as an executive search recruiter, sales and marketing executive, financial services director and academic affairs director to The Partnership. Alphonse-Charles joins The Partnership from City Year, where she was vice president of executive acquisition.
“We are honored to have someone with Maureen’s business expertise and civic leadership join The Partnership,” said Carol Fulp, president and chief executive officer of The Partnership. “Her success in expanding City Year’s capacity to coach underserved students around the nation and globe by identifying and securing executive talent is closely aligned with The Partnership’s mission of developing and advancing professional leaders of color. We look forward to the passion she will bring to her role here as Chief Operating Officer.”
The Partnership’s portfolio of services is designed to strengthen the Commonwealth’s capacity to attract, train, retain and convene professionals of color – and in doing so, enhance the competitiveness of the region.
Reporting to Carol Fulp, president and CEO, Alphonse-Charles will be responsible for overseeing internal functions and will assist in bringing the organization to the next level of development. In this capacity, Alphonse-Charles will be involved in executing The Partnership's new C-Suite Program designed for the region's highest level of executives.
“Maureen is someone with a strong sense of mission and a demonstrated personal investment in the city of Boston,” said Ralph C. Martin II, chairman of the board of The Partnership. “She understands that Boston’s professional leadership is reflective of its community, and that a diverse pool of perspectives across industries is not only good for the Commonwealth and the global economy, but a clear business imperative.”
Alphonse-Charles’ career has been defined by her ability to improve and grow both nonprofit and corporate organizations through the cultivation of thoughtful, diverse executive leadership. In her role at City Year, she was responsible for the hiring of more than 30 executives, including the chief financial officer and numerous executive directors across the operation’s 30 host cities. Along with City Year, her involvement with organizations including The Boston Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Big Brothers Big Sisters, WGBH and The Bessie Tartt Wilson Children's Initiative shows her commitment to engaging and enriching the next generation of Massachusetts leaders.
“Through its work of cultivating diversity in the workforce, The Partnership is exemplary of the work I feel is so necessary both in Massachusetts and around the world,” said Alphonse-Charles. “I’m proud to be a part of an organization with as great a mission and reputation as The Partnership and am looking forward to beginning my work and continuing to invest in leaders of tomorrow.”
Before joining City Year, Alphonse-Charles served as Managing Director at Horton International, LLC, a global search firm where she worked to build the firm's financial services and philanthropic practices. Prior, she was partner and co-head of the Diversity Practice at Whitehead Mann Pendelton James, where she recruited senior management and board-level executives for organizations including the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). Prior to her work with Whitehead Mann Pendelton James, Alphonse-Charles was assistant treasurer of the Private Banking Division at Swiss Bank Corporation.
About The Partnership, Inc.
The Partnership, Inc. was founded 27 years ago and brought to prominence by business executive Benaree Pratt Wiley and most recently led by Dr. Beverly Edgehill. It is New England’s premier organization dedicated to leadership development and talent management solutions for professionals of color. Now with a national reach, The Partnership improves clients’ business performance by providing tailored solutions for professionals of color to tap into their leadership potential; and it convenes thought-leaders to identify and share best practices. Through its mission, The Partnership has become the prominent voice on issues impacting diverse professionals in the corporate, public and civic communities. Nearly 3,000 professionals of color have participated in its leadership development programs and more than 250 leading corporations have engaged The Partnership’s services.
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