Jeffrey Bradach

Partner and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group, San Francisco

Jeff Bradach is the co-founder and former managing partner of The Bridgespan Group, a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, and philanthropists to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. Bridgespan collaborates with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness, and accelerate learning, helping them to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society's most important challenges and opportunities.

Based in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office, Jeff consults to leading nonprofits and philanthropists. He writes and speaks extensively on nonprofit strategy, transformative scale, social sector leadership and philanthropy. His publications include: “The Problem with Color-Blind Philanthropy,” (Harvard Business Review, 2020) “Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table,” (, 2020) “Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children: A Funder’s Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five,” (, 2015) "Transformative Scale: The Future of Growing What Works," (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014) "Scaling What Works: Implications for Philanthropists, Policymakers, and Nonprofit Leaders," (, April 2009) "Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits," (Harvard Business Review, 2008), and “Should Nonprofits Seek Profits,” (Harvard Business Review, 2004). He is the author of the book, Franchise OrganizationHarvard Business School Press.

Jeff has served on numerous nonprofit and for-profit boards, including Giving Tuesday and PolicyLink. He is the former board chair of Independent Sector. Prior to establishing Bridgespan, Jeff taught at Harvard Business School, where he was a member of the Organizational Behavior and the Social Enterprise Initiative faculty. Jeff began his career at Bain & Company. He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his MA in sociology and PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University.

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