Jeri Eckhart Queenan leads The Bridgespan Group’s Global Development practice, focusing on poverty alleviation in India, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and China. She has held leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Her work at Bridgespan includes precedent-setting projects with Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women, an initiative that has achieved strong measurable results by empowering underserved women entrepreneurs in 40 countries. She has led similar high-impact engagements with organizations such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Salvation Army, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Women’s World Banking.
Jeri has co-authored numerous articles on women’s entrepreneurship, scaling impact, high impact corporate philanthropy, performance measurement, and board governance. Leading articles include: "Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy," (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2016), "Designing for Transformative Scale: Global Lessons in What Works," (Rotman School of Management magazine, January 2015)," Ten Thousand Strong," (Business Strategy Review, February 2011); “Stop Starving Scale: Unlocking the Potential of Global NGOs” (Bridgespan.org, April 2013) and “Measurement as Learning,” (Bridgespan.org, April 2011), and “Three Cases of Better Corporate Philanthropy,” (HBR.org, Harvard Business Review's website, December 2010).
Jeri served as a senior official in the Executive branch of government, first as White House Fellow and then associate deputy secretary of Labor, overseeing line agencies with a combined annual budget of $28 billion. She led several Cabinet-level working groups on major policy issues during her tenure. Later she served as chair and CEO of the White House Fellows Foundation in Washington, DC, president of the White House Fellows Alumni Association, and five-year member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She began her career at the Boston Consulting Group where she was a manager.
Jeri serves on the governing board of Catholic Relief Services. She also has served on the governing boards of the Micro Ensure Board of Opportunity International; The BOMA Fund, which is dedicated to the self-sufficiency of nomadic tribes in northern Kenya; and the National Organization on Disability.
Jeri graduated Phi Beta Kappa/summa cum laude from UCLA and received her MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Charlie Queenan, have four children, ages 20 to 26.