Leslie MacKrell


Leslie MacKrell is a partner in the New York office, and joined Bridgespan in 2011. Her work has included nonprofit stability and growth strategies, nonprofit network analysis, philanthropic initiative design and grantmaking strategies, and performance measurement. Leslie’s past clients include foundations and nonprofits in the fields of public health, urban revitalization, child welfare, juvenile justice, human services, faith-based programming, and education. Most recently, Leslie has managed engagements developing a new program design and multiyear scaling plan for a national college access organization, stabilizing a multi-service organization in anticipation of executive transition, and helping a global urban revitalization network refine its theory of change and member assessment/development practices. She is also a facilitator and coach in Bridgespan’s two-year consulting and capacity building program for nonprofit executive teams, Leading for Impact. Leslie is co-author of "Operating Models: How Nonprofits Get from Strategy to Results," Bridgespan.org, 2019 and “Cutting Costs to Increase Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2017.

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Leslie held a strategic planning role at the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national philanthropy focused on empowering women’s leadership for social justice, and was a fundraiser for the Ms. Foundation and other social justice organizations.

Leslie holds an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, City University of New York, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa/summa cum laude from Fordham University with a BA in American Studies.