The Bridgespan Group at a Glance


  • "The people and our mission."
  • "The people and the clients are fantastic, and really do make a difference in the social sector."
  • "Getting results for clients that seek to change the work for the better."


  • "We are not the most innovative firm in the industry, and can be quite risk averse."
  • "I wish it was bigger."
  • "Lower pay."

The Buzz

  • "Best non-profit firm."
  • "Social impact!"
  • "Very prestigious for those who want non-profit work."

About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a consulting firm that serves the nonprofit sector by collaborating with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to advance learning and accelerate social impact.

The aim of all that work: to tackle some of the toughest problems facing society today, including breaking the cycles of 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



Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work - 2016

Bridgespan is honored to be included in the 2016 list of Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign.


The Bridgespan Group Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

Bridgespan celebrates 15 years of serving mission-driven leaders and organizations.

September 2015

Bridgespan Group Announces Launch of India Office

Cites India as "Crucible for Next Wave of Global Solutions."

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.

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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
  • 2016 Employees: 213

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Children, Youth, & Families


    Global Development


    Public Health

Major Office Locations

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

    Mumbai, India