Director of Media and Conferences
BOSTON, MA—April 24, 2020—The Bridgespan Group today announced that Ann Mei Chang, author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good, will become the next Bridgespan Fellow.
A leading expert on social innovation who brings together unique insights from her extensive work across the tech industry, government, and nonprofits, Ms. Chang previously served as chief innovation officer at USAID. There, she was the first executive director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. She was also previously the chief innovation officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women’s Issues.
As a Bridgespan Fellow, Ms. Chang will work with Bridgespan teams applying her expertise to:
- Collaborate with Bridgespan to co-author and update practical resources for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on Lean Impact principles and practices for building innovation capacity
- Provide input on ongoing Bridgespan research related to innovation in the social sector
- Advise Bridgespan on relevant client work, particularly for organizations that seek to innovate and increase their agility in response to the COVID-19 crisis
According to Chang: "I am honored and delighted for this opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at Bridgespan who have demonstrated such leadership and vision. This unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty also presents an extraordinary opportunity to blaze new pathways that can take the vital impact of the social sector to the next level."
Laura Lanzerotti, a Bridgespan partner in the firm’s San Francisco office who will be working closely with Chang said, “Ann Mei has an extraordinary record of leadership and scholarship, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with her as we advise organizations on strategic innovation towards greater scale, impact, and equity."
About The Bridgespan Group
The Bridgespan Group (www.bridgespan.org) is a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven organizations, philanthropists, and investors to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. With a presence in Boston, Mumbai, New York, Johannesburg and San Francisco, Bridgespan’s services include strategy consulting, leadership development, philanthropy and nonprofit advising, impact investing strategy and diligence, and developing and sharing practical insights.