Abe Grindle is a manager in The Bridgespan Group’s Boston office. He has advised and supported dozens of philanthropists and NGO leaders working on social change in North America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and other parts of the world, in fields including education, public health, small-business development, social and emotional learning, social justice, and youth development.
In particular, Abe’s work focuses on the challenge of solving problems / achieving social impact at the scale of the need. He advises clients, other Bridgespan teams, and manages Bridgespan's multi-year initiative on this topic. As part of this work, he has built and oversees a learning community of 90+ executives actively grappling with this challenge from all over the world, and helps to drive research and global thought leadership as author, co-author, or producer of more than two dozen published articles and blogs. Among these publications are “Transformative Scale: The Future of Growing What Works
” (Stanford Social Innovation Review
, 2014), “Designing for Scale: Global Lessons in What Works
” (Rotman School of Management
magazine, January 2015), “Exponential Organizations: Provocative New Models for Scaling Impact?
” (Bridgespan.org, February 2016) and “6 Ways Technology is Breaking Barriers to Social Change
” (FastCoExist.com, March 2015).
Recently, Abe has also partnered with executive leadership at some of the world's largest foundations to help them better understand and more effectively strengthen their portfolios of grantees. The new framework that Abe and his teams developed is now guiding approximately $1 billion of new grant-making specifically focused on building stronger and more resilient grantees, and the team’s deeper understanding of NGO organizational needs is reshaping the way the sector thinks about funding NGOs.
Prior to Bridgespan, Abe spent time at NASA, the White House Office of Management and Budget, MIT, and volunteered for a year on a Native American reservation in rural Montana. Abe holds master’s degrees in technology policy and aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Saint Louis University.