Katie Smith Milway is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office and head of the firm's Knowledge Unit. She leads the organization’s research and publishing operations, working with Bridgespan teams to identify themes, shape projects that advance them, and chart paths to influence across a variety of tools and media. She brings to the job a background in journalism, nonprofit management, and strategy consulting. As an affiliate of Bridgespan’s global development practice, she has advised NGOs, multilaterals and social entrepreneurs on organizational effectiveness and strategy.
Katie has co-authored a number of articles on nonprofit management and strategy, including: “Making Sense of Nonprofit Collaborations” (Bridgespan.org, December 2014); “Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2014); “Making Organizational Learning Stick” (Nonprofit Quarterly online, February 2013); “Get Ready for Your Next Assignment” (Harvard Business Review, November 2011); “The Challenge of Organizational Learning” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2011); “Growing Global NGOs Effectively” (Monday Developments, Winter 2010); “Finding Leaders for America’s Nonprofits” (Bridgespan.org, April 2009); and “Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: More Than a Tool for Tough Times” (Bridgespan.org, Winter 2009). And she has authored two books on sustainable development, Growing Our Future and The Human Farm.
A blogger and frequent conference presenter, Katie has been featured at the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute, Independent Sector, The Alliance for Children & Families, Social Impact Exchange, Clinton Global Initiative University, and Salzburg Global Seminar. She has served on the boards of Canadian Food for the Hungry, Veritas Forum, Foundation for Children’s Books, World Vision US, One Hen, Inc. and is a trustee for the Anna B. Stearns Foundation.
Katie is also a best-selling children’s book author and social entrepreneur. She co-founded and chairs One Hen, Inc., a nonprofit that uses microfinance as a model to teach business building and giving back to youth. One Hen counts more than 6,000 student alumni in the US and more than 100 countries accessing lessons plans, with a particular focus on urban youth in the US and self-help groups in Africa.
Prior to joining Bridgespan she was a consultant in Toronto and Munich with Bain & Company, becoming a senior director in Boston and Bain’s founding publisher. Prior to business school, she was a business journalist with The Wall Street Journal/Europe and Montreal Gazette, a stringer for TIME in Guatemala and researcher/writer at Harvard Kennedy School. She also served in the European Union’s development directorate, and a manager at nonprofit Food for the Hungry International, coordinating programs in Africa and Latin America and advocacy for the NGO agenda at the 1992 Earth Summit.
Katie is a two-time Rotary Scholar and holds a BA in English from Stanford University, a Masters in European Studies from the Free University of Brussels, and MBA from INSEAD. She speaks fluent French and functional Spanish, Italian and German.