Rebecca Starr, M.B.A., M.S.W., LICSW

Senior Program Manager

Rebecca Starr, M.B.A., M.S.W., LICSW, is a senior program manager at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Her career has spanned work in behavioral and medical health care, elder care, nonprofit management, and higher education. The common link among them is her passion to support people and organizations in their desire to improve and reach their highest potential. For 9 years, Ms. Starr has directed the Massachusetts Access to Recovery (MA-ATR) program, which is supported by federal funding via the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (MA DPH BSAS). The program is designed to give people with substance use disorders (SUDs) wider access to community services for assistance starting or continuing recovery. Outcomes for the more than 25,000 individuals enrolled so far have received national attention. Within MA-ATR, Ms. Starr created the nationally recognized Career Building Initiative (CBI), an employment program specifically customized for people with SUDs that offers job readiness and job training programs to as many as 600 participants per year. With further funding from the Massachusetts state legislature, she will oversee MA-ATR’s expansion into housing assistance, to help participants obtain housing in Sober Homes. Ms. Starr has special skills in leading and developing teams, building partnerships, building organizational capacity, developing and managing innovative programs, marketing, operations improvement, management, and strategy. Ms. Starr holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and an M.S.W. from the University of Southern California.