Laura Lanzerotti


Laura Lanzerotti is a partner in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office. As a member of the Children, Youth, and Families practice area, her interests are at the nexus of early childhood, building organizational capacity for innovation and scaling of effective practices, and place-based work. Since joining Bridgespan in 2006, she has supported a number of institutional and family philanthropies to develop and refine strategies and nonprofit leaders to develop ambitious approaches to scaling impact. Some of her clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Communities in Schools. She has also led innovative and inclusive strategy processes, including on one behalf of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that engaged hundreds of people in developing an economic development plan for their community, another that involved over a thousand people across the globe in an open strategy project for the Wikimedia Foundation, and one to support a set of early childhood funders to identify opportunities to collaborate and align investments to improve kindergarten readiness.

In addition, Laura leads Bridgespan’s Impact Labs capability area. Impact Labs are custom-designed working sessions that enable groups to quickly advance their collective understanding of the opportunities they face, learn together, and, over the course of several days, develop novel and useful solutions. Laura has designed and facilitated dozens of Labs for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including Youth Villages and the Ford Foundation, and as well as Labs that brought together leaders from across multiple organizations, such as the Transformative Impact Collaborative, a group of over 25 organizations convened by the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with The Bridgespan Group.
Laura is co-author of “Is Your Nonprofit Built for Sustained Innovation?” as well as “Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results,” and “Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives.”

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Laura was a consultant at Informing Change and the LFA Group, helping foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits build performance measurement systems and conduct evaluations. Laura graduated from Brown University with a BA in History and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco. She received her MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.