Reilly Kiernan

Partner, Boston

Reilly Kiernan is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office. Her work is focused on economic mobility, community-driven change, and creating more equitable public systems. She co-leads Bridgespan’s Place-based Change Area of Expertise. She has worked with nonprofit and philanthropy clients – and often in partnership with both – to develop strategies for scaling impact and systems change.

Reilly has co-authored several Bridgespan publications, including contributing to a body of knowledge on opportunities to invest to increase social mobility in the United States through, “‘Billion Dollar Bets’ to Improve the Performance of Social Service Programs,” and “'Billion Dollar Bets' to Establish Pathways to Careers”. She has also made contributions to publications on nonprofit innovation, such as “Nonprofit Innovation for a Post-Crisis Future” and on barriers to deeper collaboration among nonprofit organizations, including “Making Sense of Nonprofit Collaborations”.

Reilly joined the Bridgespan Group in 2011 as an Associate Consultant, following a fellowship at the Foundation Center, and she also brings experience working in city government, policy research, and impact investing.

Reilly holds an AB in Sociology with certificates in American Studies and Urban Studies from Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude. She also holds a joint MPP/MBA from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, where she was a George F. Baker Scholar (top 5% of graduating class).

Reilly is an avid distance runner and two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials in the marathon.

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