Chris Addy


Chris is a partner and head of Bridgespan's Boston office. Chris advises groups and individuals with significant capital that seek to make social change. He typically helps them with philanthropy and has substantial experience helping clients think through the potential of impact investing and advocacy to get their desired results. His focus is on helping clients to identify, design, and execute on big bets, large philanthropic initiatives for social change from conception to execution. Subject matter experience includes education from early childhood to college completion, youth development, public health/healthcare, infectious diseases, veterans, and the environment. He has also worked on strategic planning and capacity building for operating nonprofits in these same fields and often in conjunction with funders.

Chris has been quoted as an expert in The New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He has co-authored “Calculating the Value of Impact Investing” (Harvard Business Review, 2018),"Making Big Bets for Social Change" (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2016) and authored "Wall Street Philanthropy: The 6 Do's And Don'ts From The Trading Floor" (Forbes, 2016), and “Philanthropic Opportunities for Climate Adaptation” (SSIR, 2012).
Outside of Bridgespan, he is a senior advisor to the One Acre Fund, a nonprofit that assists more than 500,000 smallholder-farming families in Sub-Sharan Africa to dramatically improve their crop yields and break cycles of poverty. He is a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s Massachusetts chapter. Chris is a proud husband and father of two daughters and an avid outdoorsman and traveler.
Prior to joining Bridgespan, Chris worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago in a wide array of industries, including agribusiness and retail. Before graduate school, he spent several years in Southern California as a middle school environmental science and math teacher, a youth outdoor adventure trip leader, and briefly worked in international development in Sri Lanka. Chris earned his BS in Biology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a FC Austin Scholar.