Chris Addy


Chris is a partner in Bridgespan's Boston office and the Co-Head of Bridgespan’s Philanthropy practice. Chris advises groups with significant capital that seek to make social change. His work has been split across philanthropy and impact investing, with much of his experience being with ultra-high net worth individuals/couples. His focus is on helping clients to understand the potential impact of any funding under consideration and to identify, design, and execute on big bets, large initiatives for social change. This includes helping clients get clear on their values and beliefs, identifying areas of interest and desired results, developing strategies, sourcing NGOs/social enterprises, conducting due diligence, and structuring funding. His experiences cover many topics within the broader social sector: education from early childhood to college completion, youth development, public health/healthcare, infectious diseases, veterans, agriculture, and the environment/clean energy. While donors/investors are most often his clients, Chris also works closely with NGO leaders and social entrepreneurs to refine their strategies and develop operating plans.

Chris has been quoted as an expert in The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He has co-authored "Making Big Bets for Social Change" in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and authored "Wall Street Philanthropy: The 6 Do's And Don'ts From The Trading Floor" for Forbes, and "Philanthropic Opportunities for Climate Adaptation" for SSIR.
Chris has served on multiple boards. He is currently an advisor to the One Acre Fund, a nonprofit that assists more than 500,000 smallholder-farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa to dramatically improve their crop yields and break cycles of poverty. Chris is also on the Board of The Nature Conservancy’s Massachusetts Chapter and has been named a 2018 Youn Impact Scholar at Kellogg, an elite group of Kellogg students and alumni who are passionate about social impact.

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 F. C. Austin Scholar. Chris is a proud husband, father of two daughters, and an avid outdoorsman and traveler (especially to places where his Spanish language skills are useful).