Alexandra Smith


Alexandra is a manager in Bridgespan’s New York office. Since joining in 2011, her work has included nonprofit stability and growth strategies, philanthropic initiative design and grantmaking strategies, and project implementation. Alexandra has worked with both foundations and nonprofits in the fields of global development (including public health and education), child welfare, juvenile justice, human services, youth employment, education, and urban revitalization. Her recent clients include: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, Sesame Workshop India, and Rare.

Alexandra has spent the last three years working in Bridgespan’s Global Development practice and in close partnership with Bridgespan’s Mumbai office. She has led engagements to develop a new strategy for a leading global health INGO, design a philanthropic strategy in maternal, newborn, and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa for a new philanthropist, and develop a $600M “sunset” initiative for a major international foundation focused on addressing global inequalities.

Her other recent engagements include developing and piloting a process to assess grantee organizational effectiveness at a major global foundation and designing a new field-building venture for the application of behavioral sciences.

Alexandra has also spent time in Bridgespan’s Leadership Practice as part of Bridgespan’s Leading for Impact® program in Washington DC, supporting leadership team capacity building and consulting projects for 10 regional organizations. 

Alexandra returned to Bridgespan in late 2015 after completing a fellowship in Nairobi, where she was the Program Design Fellow at social enterprise Spire Education, which aims to bridge the regional education-to-employment gap. Prior to Bridgespan, Alexandra spent time working at various INGOs, including Women for Women International and Doctors Without Borders.

Alexandra graduated with a BA with Honors in English and Government from Georgetown University.