Nithin Iyengar


Nithin Iyengar is a partner in Bridgespan's San Francisco office. Since joining the organization in 2010, Nithin has been a leader in developing Bridgespan’s Education Practice. Nithin has worked with a range of foundations, organizations, and government agencies pursuing large-scale initiatives focused on educator growth and development and school turnaround and transformation. Additionally, he has supported multiple efforts to develop high-quality, equitable career pathways to enable students to complete high school, graduate with a post-secondary credential, and enter a family-sustaining, personally relevant career. Stemming from his work with districts and charter organizations in particular, he has co-authored a number of papers including, “School District Innovation Zones," “Should Donors Invest in School Districts," and “Rethinking High School Turnarounds."
Nithin has always been committed to building a high-quality and diverse team at Bridgespan. He has championed and led multiple efforts to reshape how Bridgespan recruits and retains all staff and particularly staff of color. Since 2017, Nithin has led recruitment and hiring of incoming staff for the San Francisco office.
Nithin joined Bridgespan after seven years as an educator and district leader working in prior roles in the Oakland Unified School District as coordinator of Portfolio Management and the School District of Philadelphia as chief of staff to the School Reform Commission. His career began in the classroom teaching high school math and later working as an instructional coach supporting new math and science teachers.
In addition to his work at Bridgespan, Nithin serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Creativity Museum – one of the leading creativity-focused museums in the United States. Nithin earned a BA in Computer Science for Harvard University; an MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University; and an Ed.M in Educational Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.