Meet Our Board of Directors

Nicole M. McLaughlin, Esq. - President

Since 1986, Nicole McLaughlin has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to philanthropic organizations and the people they serve. While working for the City of Boston's Emergency Shelter Commission in the late 1980s, she served on the Board of Directors of Rosie's Place, a shelter for homeless women in Boston. At that time Ms. McLaughlin also provided relief staffing in a home for previously homeless women suffering from mental illness. Today she is the Development Director for The Plummer Home for Boys, a Massachusetts-based group home for adolescent boys offering a range of mental health clinical programs and independent living services. Prior to joining the staff at Plummer Home, she served on the Board of the organization for 7 years, including 4 years as Chair.

Between 1993 and 2009, Ms. McLaughlin provided legal counsel to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, including public charities, private foundations and political action committees. From 1994 through 1997, she provided in-house counsel to the National Abortion Rights Action League. Among her many responsibilities were the review and editing of fundraising materials, including direct mail, telephone fundraising scripts, Internet fundraising pitches and foundation proposals.

From 1997 through 2000, she practice with the Washington, DC, firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg providing legal and strategic advice to a wide range of progressive foundations, charitable and lobbying organizations, associations, and political action committees on federal tax law, federal election law and general legal issues. Among the clients Ms. McLaughlin has served are a national association of substance abuse organizations and a group advocating for publicly funded preschools.

Ms. McLaughlin graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1992 and from Wellesley College in 1986.

Jamie Jensen - Secretary

Jamie Jensen works as a freelance consultant to foundations and non-profits in the fields of education and youth development and provides strategic planning, research, technical advice, training, and written reports to meet a broad range of program and operational needs. Currently she provides strategic counsel and research support to the Ford Foundation's US-based Education Program. She is also designing and managing a professional exchange program for the leadership of 20 non-profit organizations that have partnered with educators to open 250 new schools in NYC. In the 1990's Ms. Jensen worked with the Rockefeller Foundation as the Assistant Director for the Foundation's School Reform program.

During her tenure at Rockefeller, Ms. Jensen worked with Foundation management, the Board of Trustees, officers from across the Foundation and independent evaluators to design, budget for, manage and present evaluations of multi-year, multimillion dollar domestic and international programs. She began her career in the youth serving field as a job developer, teacher and then part of the management team at Bridge over Troubled Waters, a Boston-based non-profit serving alienated adolescents, including runaways, homeless youth and single-and-parenting teens. Ms. Jensen's foundation clients have included: The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Erie County Community Foundation, The Lumina Foundation, The Tim and Michele Barakett Foundation. She has also worked with The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, Say Yes To Education, NYC Outward Bound, The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and the New York City Department of Education.

Ms. Jensen has a master's in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA from Wellesley College.

Howard Hoople - Treasurer

Howard Hoople has been active in non-profit management for over 30 years. Since 1998 he has been the president of Balanced Solutions, Inc., providing creative business planning, financial and operations support to non-profit organizations throughout New England. He works with clients to discover practical solutions to their planning, financial and operational problems. In this way, he helps clients improve the way they use their resources to meet their objectives.

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Mr. Hoople began his career developing program planning, evaluation, and financial control systems for Project Place, a collectively managed social service agency that operated several innovative programs in Boston’s South End. He subsequently earned an MBA at Harvard Business School, and then worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as Administrative Director of the Psychiatry Department. In that role he supervised financial and administrative operations for the multiple constituencies of a teaching hospital system, including clinical care, research and teaching. He collaborated effectively with all of these constituencies to create and redesign programs and systems, while increasing revenues and cutting costs.

Mr. Hoople continues his strong commitment to non-profit organizations, bringing all of this experience to bear in his consulting practice: insight into the application of traditional for-profit techniques in a non-profit environment, a sensitivity to the complex goals non-profits often present, and a track record of having successfully managed a large, complex non-profit system. The key contribution he makes is to help clients improve their use of limited resources to achieve their long-range goals.

Paul J. Murphy, Esq. - Director

Paul focuses his practice on delivering legal and strategic advice to managers of nonprofit organizations and counts among his clients 501(c)(3) private foundations and public charities, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and 527 political organizations and PACs. He strives to help his clients understand the myriad state and federal laws that govern their activities and design their programs to achieve desired outcomes within applicable statutory and regulatory constraints. He has advised clients with respect to such matters as nonprofit formation and corporate governance, state and federal tax exemption, relationships within “families” of tax-exempt organizations, government ethics rules, and laws regulating lobbying and electoral participation by individuals and organizations. Paul has represented clients in contract negotiations, commercial disputes, and matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission. He has a passion for empowering members of the progressive nonprofit community to deepen the impact of their work and has conducted numerous workshops on legal issues affecting tax-exempt organizations engaged in advocacy campaigns.

Before joiningthe firm in 2000, Paul advised unions and union members on their rights and obligations under federal and state labor and employment laws and represented individuals facing adverse employment actions. While attending law school, he worked in the legal departments of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Gore 2000; and Clinton/Gore ’96. He also had the privilege of serving as a legal intern for the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's 1997 Special Investigation of Illegal or Improper Activities in Connection with 1996 Federal Election Campaigns. Before he began his legal career, Paul worked for five years as a commercial insurance underwriter—an experience he has found to be useful when advising clients about insurance matters.

From 2003 to 2011, Paul served on the Board of Directors of Whitman-Walker Health, where he held various leadership positions. In 2006, the Whitman-Walker Legal Services Department presented him with the Distinguished Volunteer Award for his pro bono representation of persons living with HIV/AIDS over many years apart from his board service.

Paul is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Joseph A. Shrand, MD - Director

Dr. Shrand is a practicing psychiatrist in the field of child and adolescent medicine. He was for many years associated with McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts (affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital). Currently he serves as Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered) the first adolescent acute stabilization unit of High Point Treatment Centers. There, Dr. Shrand has designed a program that focuses on Attachment and Theory of Mind, two powerful developmental constructs that intimately drive social interaction.

After receiving a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, Dr. Shrand studied at Harvard and Columbia to prepare for medical school, and he received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1990. In 1993, he completed his residency at the Institute of Living, a mental health center connected to Hartford Hospital and affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Following his residency, he completed a two-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training at McLean Hospital.

In the late 1990s, Dr. Shrand filled a variety of positions at McLean Hospital, including Director of Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services, Director of Child and Family Therapy in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, Assistant Child Psychiatrist, and Psychiatric Attending in the McLean Adolescent Partial Hospital.

He also served as Staff Psychiatrist in Child Psychiatry and as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry field back-up on the Emergency Service Team at Mass General and as Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Before entering the field of medicine, Dr. Shrand worked as a grant-writer for CARE, Inc., winning a grant of over $340,000 to help educate children in Belize. As the father of four children, Dr. Shrand takes time to be involved with educational reform in his home town and is a Board member of the Marshfield Education Foundation, as well as President of Marshfield Community Television, the local cable television station for public, educational, and government channels.

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