Paul Carttar

Paul Carttar

Independent Consultant

Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group


Paul Carttar is an independent consultant with a focus on social innovation and investment, enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy and scaling solutions that work. He is also a senior advisor to and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group. Paul brings more than thirty years of experience across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to his work. He recently served as the initial Director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a priority program of the Obama Administration that has mobilized more than a billion public and private dollars to advance social innovation bonds and to grow promising nonprofits with evidence of impact in low-income communities. Prior to the SIF, Carttar was an executive partner with New Profit, Inc., and a senior advisor with the Monitor Group, working with entrepreneurial nonprofits to expand their scale and impact. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the nation’s most innovative private philanthropies, where he oversaw all program activities. Carttar is a frequent writer and speaker on such topics as social innovation and investment, including delivering keynote addresses at conferences in Russia; China, India, Ireland; Germany, Colombia, Singapore, Chile, Malaysia and South Korea. Carttar graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas and received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

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