Sheroo Mukhtiar comes to Playworks Houston with more than 20 years of non-profit management experience. Sheroo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, specializing in children- and women-oriented services and a Master’s degree in Social Work, majoring in Children and Youth Programs with a minor in Non-profit Management.
Sheroo began her professional career with Boys Town, a national organization working with severely abused and neglected children across the United States. After nine years of serving as Program Director for Boys Town in Nebraska, California and Florida, Sheroo was offered the position of Executive Director at Almost Home, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri. Under Sheroo’s leadership, Almost Home grew from a housing facility for teen mothers to a long-term transitional housing program that empowered young women to achieve their fullest potential while creating a safe and positive environment for their young children. During this time the organization expanded its program to include a continuum of care with a 12-unit independent living facility; the organization became the first state-licensed program for teen mothers under the age of 16 and a member of the United Way.
After eight-plus years at Almost Home, Sheroo was recruited to be the Executive Director of Springboard, an affiliate of Young Audiences, a non-profit organization providing arts-in-education programs to low-income schools. For the three years that Sheroo was with Springboard, the organization focused on strengthening and streamlining its operations with a clear and structured strategic vision that included diversification of funding sources, creating new programs aligned with the needs of low-income schools and increasing partnerships with other community organizations.
Over the past year, after re-locating to Houston, Sheroo was the Executive Director for HITS Theatre, a performing arts education program for children.
During her professional career, Sheroo has acquired extensive training and experience in all aspects of fund-raising and development, communications, board governance and development, program development and strategic planning and implementation. Sheroo has also completed the Community Arts Training program through the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, graduated from the Women’s Leadership Institute through the St. Louis Non Profit Alliance, and was a member of the Executive Directors Roundtable for the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Sheroo has served on the advisory board for Gateway Homeless Shelter and as a board member at Room At The Inn.
As Sheroo and her family continue to explore Houston and make it their ‘permanent’ home, they enjoy travelling, spending quality time together and making new memories with friends and family.