A servant leader of the mentoring movement for more than 20 years, David Shapiro has dedicated his career to working across sectors and driving equity through the power of relationships. His movement-building expertise has been recognized by leading organizations including the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Barr Foundation, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and his thought leadership has recently been featured in publications including The Hill, The 74 Million, and Thrive Global. Shapiro is a frequent speaker around the country on diverse topics ranging from youth mental health, education, workforce development, and civic engagement centering on the power of social capital and relationships as drivers of healthy development, diversity, and equitable support and opportunity.
During his leadership as the head of MENTOR, the organization has partnered with global brands including the NBA, NFL, Nike, Starbucks, LinkedIn, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Microsoft to expand the mentoring movement through cause elevation; grown its national footprint to include 24 local Affiliates nationwide providing on the ground expertise; and worked extensively with the Obama Foundation to center mentoring through My Brother’s Keeper. In 2014, MENTOR was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), a comprehensive resource for mentoring tools, program and training materials, as well as access to no-cost training and technical assistance for mentoring programs across the country. Recently, Shapiro has engaged MENTOR as a founding partner in national coalitions supporting young people in the wake of the pandemic, including READY SET and the COVID Collaborative. In 2021, MENTOR was selected by Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to receive the largest individual gift in the organization’s history. Some of MENTOR’s other key philanthropic partners include American Student Assistance, Schultz Family Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, EY, and AT&T.
Prior to leading MENTOR, Shapiro served as CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts Affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership, and held leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He serves as an emeritus board member of the Mass Nonprofit Network and Common Impact, and is on the boards of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, America’s Promise Alliance, The Center for Healing and Justice Through Sport, and the national board of Friends of the Children. In 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed him to the board of trustees of Bunker Hill Community College, the largest community college in Massachusetts.
Shapiro and his family reside in Boston. He is a husband, father, mentor, and youth baseball coach.