Michael Ibrahim, CFRE

Lecturer

Michael W. Ibrahim (he/him/his) is the Chief Program and Impact Officer at TSNE, a $70 million nonprofit management and capacity building organization that strengthens organizations working towards creating a just and equitable society. As a member of the executive leadership team, Michael oversees and develops TSNE’s national program areas, including organizational development consulting & training, executive search & transition, cohort learning, and property services. In addition, he oversees TSNE’s communications, marketing, learning, and evaluation efforts.

Prior to joining TSNE, Michael was Cultural Investment Portfolio Manager at the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to tens of millions in direct unrestricted grantmaking, Michael led the Council’s Advisory Services and Capacity Building Initiatives for arts, humanities, and science organizations across the Commonwealth. This work included providing direct consulting services, technical assistance, group facilitation, financial health inventorying, capacity mapping, research and evaluation, and cohort development to help organizations build adaptive and innovative models of operation.

Michael launched several capacity building programs at the Mass Cultural Council, including the Capacity Accelerator Network, Capacity Measurement Tool, MCC Small Shop Network, Cultural Data Financial Management Series, the Safe Harbors Program, the Recover, Rebuild, and Renew Series, and produced the Council’s arts leadership podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, among other initiatives. Michael has published works and presented nationally on organizational development, strategic planning, philanthropy, capitalization, evaluation, and EDI strategies with the goal of driving social and cultural impact.

Previously, Michael was the director of development at the All Newton Music School for over a decade, and held management positions at Greater Boston Stage Company, Barrington Stage Company, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his work at Boston University, Michael is on the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s graduate arts administration program and is a former faculty member of Emerson College’s arts administration program.

Education: Advanced Graduate Study in Education Leadership Management, Northeastern University; MS in Arts Administration, Boston University; Fundraising Management Certificate, Boston University; BA in Arts Administration, University of Kentucky.

“In arts administration, and nonprofit fundraising in particular, we have the honor of matching those who have the financial resources to spark change with the individuals that create change. Arts Administration at BU prepares students with the necessary capacities today to guide this framework for generations to come.”