Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Managing Director, Executive Search

Maureen brings over 20 years of executive recruiting experience with significant expertise across sectors and functions. Maureen is a pioneer in diversity, equity and inclusion work. She has led complex executive search, consulting, finance and operations efforts for a variety of institutions.

Most recently, Maureen was the Senior Vice President & COO of The Partnership, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in working with organizations in all sectors to build multicultural and diverse leadership talent. Prior to joining The Partnership, Maureen was with City Year, where she served as the first Vice President of Recruitment.

Maureen has helped organizations find cohesion around a common set of goals by serving as a mentor, coach and facilitator, both within the executive search world and beyond. She has partnered with a range of corporate clients such as J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust, and Deloitte and nonprofit organizations such as the YWCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys & Girls Clubs and Mass, Inc.

Previously, Maureen served as Managing Director at the global search firm Horton International, LLC, where she helped build the firm’s philanthropic practices and financial services. She was partner and co-head of the Diversity Practice at the global firm Whitehead Mann Pendleton James, where she recruited senior management and board-level executives for several organizations, including the Chief Investment Officers of California Public Employees’; Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Maureen began her career in corporate finance and banking at Swiss Bank Corporation and went on to serve as Assistant Treasurer of the Private Banking Division in New York and California. She also worked in sales and marketing for several asset management firms.

Maureen has been honored by the Women of the Harvard Club as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women and by Boston Business Journal as a Local Woman of Influence. She has also been honored by the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the ten most outstanding young leaders in Boston and twice-nominated as a top recruitment expert by Boston’s Women’s Business Journal. She was recently honored by Get Konnected as one of the top 100 most influential people of color in Boston. As President Emerita of The Boston Club, Maureen was its first African American President and founded and chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The Boston Club is the longest-standing organization in the Northeast that focuses on the advancement of women’s leadership.

Maureen was selected to join the Board of Advisors for The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also serves on the Board of Overseers for Boston University and on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. She was recently nominated to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Advisors.

Additionally, Maureen has served on the Board of Overseers for WGBH and as an Overseer of the New England Conservatory of Music. She has chaired the Board of the National Conference for Christians & Jews (NCCJ), which now operates under YW, Boston. She has served multiple times on the regional selection committee for the White House Fellows Program.

Maureen is a graduate of two of The Partnership’s leadership programs: The Next Generation Executive Program and the Fellows Program. Maureen is also a LeadBoston graduate; the signature program of the YW, Boston.

Maureen holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University. She earned an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.