Paul Carttar

Senior Advisor

Paul Carttar is a senior advisor and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group. Paul brings more than thirty years of experience across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to his work, which in recent years has focused on social innovation and building networks for social investors in Africa and Latin America.
He recently served as the initial director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a priority program of the Obama Administration that mobilized over a billion public and private dollars to grow promising nonprofits with evidence of impact in low-income communities. Prior to the SIF, Carttar was an executive partner with New Profit, Inc., working with entrepreneurial nonprofits to expand their scale and impact. Previously, he was chief operating officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the nation’s most innovative private philanthropies, where he oversaw all program activities.
Carttar began his career in the public sector as an analyst and assistant economist for the US Senate Budget Committee and subsequently served as Special Assistant to Dr. Arthur F. Burns, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and later the US Ambassador to West Germany. Carttar spent several years with Bain & Company, the international corporate consulting firm, and held executive positions in two private, venture-capital funded companies in the healthcare industry. Carttar is a frequent writer and speaker on social innovation and other nonprofit issues and has delivered keynote addresses at conferences in China, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Ireland, India, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia.
Carttar graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas with a BA in Economics and English and received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.