Nitin Nohria and Julia Lopez Join The Bridgespan Group Board of Trustees

10/15/2019 |

BOSTON, MA—October 15, 2019—The Bridgespan Group announced two new additions to its Board of Trustees: Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, and Julia Lopez, former president and CEO of College Futures Foundation.

Nohria, who has been Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) since 2010, is also the George F. Baker Professor of Administration.  He has contributed to over 16 books on topics including human motivation, business history, leadership, and corporate transformation and accountability, and has authored numerous other publications.  Additionally, Nohria sits on the board of directors of Massachusetts General Hospital, is an advisor to BDT Capital Partners, the Piramal Group, and Tata Sons, and is on the advisory board of Akshaya Patra.

According to Dean Nohria: “It is an exciting time to join the board of The Bridgespan Group, especially as it expands its work globally and in impact investing.  Helping businesses engage more deeply in their communities benefits society, and I hope my experience will contribute to Bridgespan's efforts to strengthen this vital sector.”

Jeff Bradach, Bridgespan’s co-founder and managing partner said, “Nitin has an extraordinary record of leadership and scholarship, and we are very fortunate to have him join the board.  He has a deep commitment to innovation, equity, and social impact, and I know we have much to learn from him.”

Julia Lopez is a widely respected leader with broad and deep experience in philanthropy and social change. Her work at College Futures Foundation focused on helping qualified low-income students in California to attend and graduate from college.  Previously, she served as the Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation, providing oversight, management, and evaluation of the foundation’s strategic grantmaking program globally, and as director of the foundation’s Working Communities program addressing urban poverty and education in the U.S.  She graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College) and holds a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves on the board of KQED and The Christensen Fund, and two education-focused organizations: California Competes and One Future Coachella Valley.

“We are so fortunate that Julia will be joining our board. Her commitment to underserved communities, most recently with a focus on student success, is an inspiration.   We have much to learn from her experience and expertise in working towards a more equitable and just society,” said Bradach.

Said Lopez, “I am looking forward to working with the board and staff of Bridgespan, which has been an advisor to so many of the most significant nonprofit leaders and philanthropists seeking to break the cycle of poverty.  Bridgespan’s commitment to sharing what it learns with much broader audiences is also vital, as so much important work is done by relatively small, community-based nonprofits.  I am eager to contribute to their work.”


About The Bridgespan Group, 
The Bridgespan Group is a global organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. We bring a rigorous approach, shared passion, and deep social sector experience. Our services include consulting to nonprofits and philanthropists, leadership development support, and developing and sharing insights.


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