Mike Belinsky is a manager in Bridgespan’s New York office. Since joining Bridgespan in 2015, Mike has provided strategy and management advice to impact investing funds, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. His clients have included Co-Impact, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The TPG Rise Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Last Mile Health.
Prior to Bridgespan, Mike was co-founder and partner at Instiglio, a Bogota-based social enterprise that develops impact bonds and results-based financing programs in low- and middle-income countries. At Instiglio, Mike led the team that designed the first impact bond in India—the Educate Girls Development Impact Bond—which helped improve primary education outcomes for 18,000 girls in Rajasthan and served as a model for similar impact bonds in India and beyond. For his work at Instiglio, Mike received the Echoing Green fellowship and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurship award.
Mike has published multiple articles on impact investing, including “Development impact bonds: success depends on a supportive network
,” in the Guardian Development Network, “Designing a Social Impact Bond in the Tropics
” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and “Social Impact Bonds: Lessons Learned So Far
” in a journal of the Federal Reserve. He also wrote an HBS case study on Big Society Capital, a UK-based social investment institution, and an HKS case study on Google.org
Mike holds an AB in economics and government from Dartmouth College and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Kennedy Review. He is fluent in Russian and lives with his wife and daughter in Washington Heights.