The Bridgespan Group at a Glance


  • "Your job is to make the world a better place, one with opportunity for all and fewer inequities."
  • "Working with passionate people."
  • "Impact on important social problems."


  • "Some of the slowness of a nonprofit culture with the intensity of a consulting firm."
  • "The pay cut."
  • "We work hard, and sometimes that gets tiring."

The Buzz

  • "Inspiring."
  • "Changing the non-profit world."
  • "Socially driven."
  • "Consulting for people who care more."

About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a consulting firm that serves the nonprofit sector by partnering with leaders in the social sector to "help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning." 

The aim of all that work: to tackle some of the toughest problems facing society today, including breaking the cycles of intergenerational poverty--an approach to the social sector that has been the subject of two case studies by Harvard Business School. 

Backed by Bain

The firm was incubated by Bain & Co.--one of the consulting industry's bold-face names--in 1999 with a $2 million grant, with co-founder Tom Tierney stepping down from his role as Worldwide Managing Director at Bain at the same time to get the firm off the ground. Current Bain Managing Director Bob Bechek serves on the Bridgespan Group's advisory board, and Bain consultants can opt for a six to twelve month rotation at the firm. 

Today, the Bridgespan Group is led by Jeffrey L. Bradach, who also co-founded the firm. A former Harvard Business School professor--he left his post upon starting the firm-Bradach is also a former Bain alumnus, and is widely regarded as a thought leader in world of nonprofit strategy, social sector leadership and philanthropy. In addition to regular speaking engagements, he also blogs at


March 2015

The Bridgespan Group Welcomes Neil Nicoll, Y-USA President Emeritus, as Bridgespan Fellow

Nicoll will advise Bridgespan's research into efforts by national and international networks to renew and transform their impact. 

February 2015

The Bridgespan Group Welcomes James H. Shelton, Former Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, as Bridgespan Fellow
Shelton will serve as advisor to Bridgespan's anti-poverty research team. 

November 2014

Roger Martin Becomes Chair of The Bridgespan Group's Knowledge Advisory Board
Former Dean of Rotman School to help set research and influence agenda. 

October 2014

The Bridgespan Group Welcomes Paul Tough as Inaugural Bridgespan Fellow

Tough will serve as education advisor to Bridgespan research teams.

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The Bridgespan Group

2 Copley Place
7th Floor, Suite 3700B
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 572-2833
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  • Employer Type: Private Non Profit
  • Managing Partner and Co-founder: Jeffrey L. Bradach
  • World Wide Managing Director, Bain & Co.: Bob Bechek
  • 2015 Employees: 158

  • Employment Contact

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Children, Youth, & Families


    Global Development


    Public Health

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA
    New York, NY
    San Francisco, CA

    Mumbai, India

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