Andrea E McGrath is a strategic and entrepreneurial leader with deep, cross-sector experience helping individuals and organizations, ranging from startups to the Fortune 500, to catalyze ideas into action. As founder of amplified impact , a strategic advisory and research firm, she has worked with trailblazers and pioneers in the fields of social enterprise, civic innovation, entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and impact investing over the past decade.
Andrea’s career is defined by her curiosity to solve problems that matter and her instinctive ability to foster connections among ideas, people and organizations for improved results. A collaborative leader who thrives in multifaceted roles, she is equally skilled in directing teams, shaping strategy, facilitating collaborations and championing initiatives strategically or operationally within and across organizations. Her passions and talents have guided her work over the past two decades in a diversity of roles as a strategist, program director, author and editor, researcher, community builder, teacher, startup adviser and mentor in fast paced, results based environments.
Andrea is valued by clients and colleagues as a trusted thought partner and problem solver, with a keen ability to quickly move from systems thinking and big-picture insights to focus on the details and ‘connect the dots’ between strategy and execution. While focused on strengthening the performance and impact of mission driven leaders and organizations, Andrea is equally committed to ‘field building’ and has worked extensively over the past decade with academic centers (Georgetown, Harvard, Yale and CASE@Duke) and with national and local intermediaries as an adviser, advocate and community builder.
With deep experience working within and between the worlds of strategy, finance, social impact, entrepreneurship and academia, Andrea is skilled in leveraging her unique knowledge, networks and experiences across sectors to help accelerate impact for clients and colleagues. Trained in competitive intelligence, Andrea is a systems thinker who is passionate about translating insights from business and entrepreneurship to drive social change.
Prior to launching amplified impact, Andrea was a strategist with a Fortune 500 financial services organization, research director for a Wall Street executive search and advisory firm, and a fundraiser with a national health organization. She earned her M.P.A. in Leadership and Social Change at the Harvard Kennedy School, M.B.A. in Management and Finance at the University of Connecticut, and B.A. in Political Science at Boston College.