Stephanie Kater

Partner and Co-head of Impact Investing , Washington DC Hub, Boston

Stephanie Kater joined Bridgespan in 2011 and is the head of Bridgespan’s Boston and Washington, DC, offices. She has directed her work in the areas of education, measurement, and impact investing. Stephanie currently co-leads Bridgespan’s Impact Investing practice.

Much of Stephanie’s work has focused on developing performance measurement systems for domestic and global organizations as well as for their investors. On the investor side, she led work with the TPG’s Rise Fund—where Bridgespan has partnered to develop and deliver rigorous, quantitative impact underwriting, as detailed in Harvard Business Review’s Calculating the Value of Impact Investing.” She also supported the launch of Lime Rock New Energy, supporting the development of the organization's impact measurement framework and leading “impact diligence” on its investments. Internationally, she supported ABC World Asia to establish the right rigor and methodology for credible impact analysis.

Stephanie is passionate about using data to make change. She has authored Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives as well as How Is Investing in “What Works” Working? and Getting Money Off the Sidelines: A Starting List to Invest for Racial Equity.

Prior to Bridgespan, Stephanie worked at the U.S. Department of Education. She also spent three years as a consultant in Silicon Valley at Webster Pacific, a boutique strategy consultancy. Stephanie lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she resides with her husband and two children. She holds a BS in civil engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where she had the privilege of being a Distinguished Fellow. Stephanie now serves on the advisory board of the Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

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