Dare Family Services
Shaheer Mustafa, LICSW, CCDP is the President and CEO of Dare Family Services Inc., joining the organization in September 2016. He brings a unique blend of both private nonprofit and public service experience with a clear focus on positive outcomes. Prior to joining Dare, he had been the Director of Areas for the Department of Children and Families Arlington and Coastal Area Offices, providing child protective services across 31 cities and towns in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. There he developed a strong reputation due to his leadership in establishing improved permanency for children, reducing disproportionality in the foster care system and leading creative efforts to respond to the opiate crisis. Shaheer spent 10 years working in private nonprofits including his time as the Director of the Knight's Children’s Center, a residential school and treatment program of the Home for Little Wanderers. Shaheer has also been a faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Urban Leadership program and is currently a Core Instructor for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice in affiliation with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Shaheer’s work has been highlighted in numerous publications and is widely recognized a leader in the sector.
Prior to stepping into leadership positions, Shaheer worked as a therapist assisting children and families in overcoming the impact of complex stress using empowerment and strengths-based models of practice. He received both his B.S. in Sociology and Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and is certified as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Shaheer also holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the INML.