Klare Shaw, Liberty Mutual Foundation

TITLE:  Director of Programs

FOCUS AREAS: Education, health, human services, youth with disabilities

CONTACT:  shaw.klare@libertymutual.com, 617-357-9500

PROFILE: Klare Shaw has been Liberty Mutual Foundation’s director of programs since June 2014. She previously worked as executive director of expanded learning and partnerships and a special advisor to the superintendent for Boston Public Schools. She also worked at the Boston-based Barr Foundation for 10 years as a senior advisor for arts and culture and education, as well as the Boston Globe Foundation as the executive director.

Shaw’s Associated Grant Makers profile shares:

Klare Shaw became Director of Programs for the Liberty Mutual Foundation with responsibility for corporate philanthropy in MA, with some oversight for WA in 2014. The Liberty Mutual Foundation is headed by Melissa MacDonnell, and it funds in the program areas of K-12 Education, Human Services, Accessibility and Inclusion, Civic and Community, and Arts & Culture. The Foundation is among the largest corporate donors in MA and it is a key supporter of programs and organizations that promote vocational education for youth and inclusion for people with disabilities. Prior to this position Klare was the Executive Director of a new BPS Office, The Office of Expanded Learning, Advancement and Partnerships (OELAP) that has been formed to further the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Acceleration Agenda by collectively working on the following:  maximizing experiential and extended learning opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally for students and staff;  stronger partnerships with nonprofits, BPS educators, families, and students and; advancing the procurement of external funds and assisting with the strategic use of resources.

Ms. Shaw who was then the Senior Advisor to then BPS Supt. Carol R. Johnson, spent most of 2012, and early 2013 offering support to then Mayor Menino’s “External Advisory Committee for Improving School Choice”.  Prior to that position, Klare was Senior Advisor for the Arts at EdVestors, working with Laura Perille, her staff, the Supt. and donors on the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative. For a decade until 2010, she was a Senior Advisor/Program Officer for Education, Arts and Culture at the Barr Foundation. Before holding that post, Klare was Executive Director of the Boston Globe Foundation, the corporate foundation of the Boston Globe Newspaper Company, and was also in charge of Boston contributions for the Bank of New England, NA. In the 80’s she held several positions at the state arts council, serving as head of Community Arts and Education (it is now called the MA Cultural Council), which awarded funds throughout the Commonwealth. She brings expertise from her nonprofit and community experiences with Action for Boston Community Development, the Boston Children's Museum, and the YWCA-Aswalos House. She is the parent of two adult offspring, and is the proud grandmother of a BPS student. 

Shaw’s LinkedIn profile summary shares:

Experienced philanthropy professional with more than 25 years in public, corporate, and private grant making. Significant promoter of diversity in independent sector locally and nationally. Deep experience in grant making, program design, building community and frequent learning networks participant. Hands-on analysis of nonprofit organizational development, orchestration of capacity-building, and technical assistance consultancies. Proven ability to articulate best practices, push systemic solutions in education and arts, and communicate with varied constituencies.

Specialties: Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Community Leader for Public Education Award 2011

Boston Center for the Arts, Arts Champion Award 2011

Discover Roxbury, Roxbury Puddingstone Award 2010