Tulaine Montgomery

Managing Partner

Tulaine is a Managing Partner and member of the Executive Team at New Profit. In this role she leads the Accelerator portfolio providing strategic and financial support to over twenty of our nation’s most promising social innovations. Tulaine also serves as a lead spokesperson for New Profit at a time of growing dialogue in philanthropy about the unprecedented opportunities and challenges facing the sector. She is Host and Executive Producer of "Jump at the Sun", New Profit's podcast and online forum for conversations with “America’s Problem Solvers”- the grounded visionaries and practical idealists working hard to make things better.

Tulaine is passionate about growing solutions and ideas into sustainable institutions. She traces her commitment to social entrepreneurship back to her family, who taught her that relationships, creativity, and commitment are essential for thriving communities. Growing up as a bookworm, cellist, hip-hop enthusiast, playwright, and community organizer, Tulaine learned to see the world through varied perspectives from a young age. As a result, she enjoys leading and supporting impact-driven coalitions that engage diverse stakeholders. She has seen that significant goals that can be achieved when people or groups who view themselves as different work together toward a common purpose.

Tulaine began her career in business strategy consulting. She enjoyed her experience, yet found joy in the time she spent after work mentoring and coaching a group of young women who lived in her neighborhood. This experience led Tulaine to devote her work to the education and protection of young people. She since has played central leadership roles in the launch and expansion of several schools and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally. Prior to her role at New Profit. Tulaine was Founder and President of New Resource Strategies (NRS), a consulting firm that enables mission-driven organizations to address major operational, fiscal, and strategic challenges. Among Tulaine’s clients were United Nations, Harvard University, Lesley University, Urban League, City Year, Citizen Schools, The Hyams Foundation, The Boston Women’s Fund, City Life/Vida Urbana, Peace First. Through NRS, Tulaine also served on the founding team of Higher Ground, a comprehensive place-based community development initiative modeled after the nationally acclaimed Harlem Children’s Zone.

Prior to launching NRS, Tulaine served as Vice President of Community Impact with United Way Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley providing strategic vision and leadership for all community and policy-related activities in the areas of affordable housing, sustainable employment, asset building, financial education, and basic needs. Previously, Tulaine served as the National Director of Graduate and Youth Opportunities at YouthBuild USA, where she oversaw a portfolio of initiatives designed to help low-income youth successfully enter college and the 21st century workforce. Tulaine also served as the Manager of the National Schools Initiative at YouthBuild — an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through which she built a network of alternative high schools that facilitate college readiness and 21st century skill building for young adults (ages 16-24) throughout the U.S.

Tulaine also served as a founder of Citizen Schools, where she held numerous titles including Program Director, Chief Training Officer, and member of the National Expansion Team. Tulaine worked with Citizen Schools and Lesley University to design the nation’s first master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Out of School Time. Upon her departure from Citizen Schools, Tulaine was honored with the “Tulaine Montgomery Village Building Award,” which now is given annually to a member of the national Citizen Schools community who leads effective collaborations that strengthen communities and improve the lives of young people.

Tulaine received a master’s degree in Public Policy from Tufts University and earned her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a Community Enrichment Fellow at Northeastern University, and a Neighborhood Fellow at Tufts University. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tulaine serves as the Co-Chair of The State of Black Boston, a research and community development initiative that analyzes the social and economic issues affecting Boston’s black population.

Tulaine has been a featured presenter at numerous conferences speaking on a range of topics including education, philanthropy, community development, social entrepreneurship, and leadership. She is an accomplished cellist and writer; she has written and produced four original plays, and she and her mother are the co-founders of Onyx, Inc., a theatre production company.