Nidhi Sahni is a partner and head of Bridgespan's US advisory services. She has worked on social issues across South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. Nidhi's clients have included nonprofits such as Educate Girls, Lend A Hand India, BRAC, and Achieving the Dream. Additionally, she has worked with institutional and family global philanthropies such as The Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, and Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women Initiative. In recent years she has also led Bridgespan’s work with donor collaboratives like Co-Impact and The Audacious Project. Her work has primarily focused on foundation and program strategy development, sourcing and due diligence, and change management. As part of her client engagements, Nidhi has designed and led a number of immersive custom-designed convenings—Impact Labs—to quickly advance the collective understanding of problem spaces and opportunities and uncover novel and useful solutions and collaborations.
Nidhi has co-authored the following online articles; "What the U.S. Can Learn from India and Brazil About Preventive Health Care
," on HBR.org, "Four Social-Change Results That Innovation Labs Deliver
," "Poverty's New Home
," and "Is Your Nonprofit Built for Sustained Innovation?
" on Stanford Social Innovation Review's
website and is featured in the podcast "How to Think About Innovation
," on +Acumen: On Leading Change.
From her early days growing up in and experiencing the challenges of a patriarchal system in India, Nidhi has served in a range of roles with a grassroots feminist organization in India to challenge gender norms in homes, communities and systems. As a first generation immigrant she started her career in the U.S. with a management consulting firm focused on strategy consulting for Fortune 500 companies. She joined Bridgespan in 2010 to marry her experience in consulting with her lifelong engagement on issues of gender equity and to dedicate herself full time to the work of justice and equity.
Nidhi is fluent in Hindi and holds a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in drama from the University of Texas, Austin.