Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Maureen Alphonse-Charles

Managing Director and SVP, Talent, Diversity & Equity

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

Maureen helps 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. Clients include The KIPP Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and New World Symphony. She has also partnered with a range of corporate clients such as J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust, and Deloitte, as well as nonprofit organizations like the YWCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Mass, Inc.

Most recently, Maureen was Senior Vice President and COO of The Partnership, a consulting firm that works in all sectors to build multicultural and diverse leadership talent. Prior to joining The Partnership, Maureen served as the first Vice President of Recruitment at City Year where she spearheaded many leadership hires. Previously, Maureen served as Managing Director at the global search firm Horton International, building the firm’s philanthropic practice and financial services, and was a partner and co-head of the Diversity Practice at the global firm Whitehead Mann Pendleton James.

Maureen was honored in 2019 by the YW Boston’s Academy of Women Achievers, which recognizes some of Boston’s brightest, boldest, and most influential women. She has been honored as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women by Women of the Harvard Club, as a Local Woman of Influence by the Boston Business Journal and was twice nominated as a top recruitment expert by the Boston Herald’s Women’s Business Awards. She was recently celebrated by Get Konnected as one of the top 100 most influential people of color in Boston.

Now President Emerita of The Boston Club, Maureen was the 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 is also an active member of the Boston Chapter of The Links.

Previously, Maureen served on the Board of Overseers for WGBH and as an Overseer of the New England Conservatory of Music. She chaired the Board of the National Conference for Christians & Jews (NCCJ), which now operates under YW Boston, and served many 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 BA, magna cum laude, from Boston University. She earned an MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.