Jari Tuomala


Jari Tuomala is a partner in Bridgespan's New York office. He works with organizations engaged in global development, philanthropy, and education, helping them to develop and implement new strategies, manage organizational change, and improve their operating models.

At Bridgespan, Jari's work in philanthropy spans large foundations, family foundations, and philanthropic intermediaries. He led the team supporting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Completion by Design initiative, which aims to drastically improve community college completion rates, and advised the Gates Foundation on its post-secondary education strategy. He also has worked with the Poses Family Foundation to develop signature initiatives to support parents with learning disabled children and the integration of learning disabled youth into the workplace.

Jari's work in global development includes work with Right to Play, helping the organization develop a focused theory of change, measurement and evaluation approach, and a country-level strategic planning process. He also has led the team working with Women's World Banking to revise its strategy to provide financial inclusion to more unbanked and under-banked low-income women in developing countries. In addition, Jari has led workshops on funding, operating models and leadership with CEOs of US-based INGOs at InterAction CEO meetings and co-authored the article "Stop Starving Scale: Unlocking the Potential of Global NGOs," (Bridgespan.org, April 2013)

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Jari spent 18 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the London, Helsinki, Boston, and Washington, DC, offices, where he led the Industrial Goods and Nonprofit practices. In his work with nonprofits, he led projects in vision and strategy development, fundraising and marketing strategy, and organizational development. At BCG he also facilitated board retreats and coached executive directors in large foundations, advocacy, and service organizations. His global nonprofit clients included The Nature Conservancy, Inter-American Development Bank, and International Finance Corporation.

In his work with for-profits, Jari led projects in growth strategy, acquisitions and mergers, organization design, productivity, cost reduction, and program implementation at a number of large global corporations. He supported top management in major change efforts with change diagnostics, monitoring tools, communication support, personal coaching, and other change management tools. Jari also helped a number of clients develop entry and expansion strategies in emerging economies in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Jari received his MBA with distinction from INSEAD and his MSc in Industrial Management and Paper Technology from Helsinki University of Technology. He also completed the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University in 2008.