Paul Carttar

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Paul Carttar


Senior Advisor and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group, Inc.


New York, NY


Paul Carttar is a partner and co-founder of The Bridgespan group. Since re-joining Bridgespan in 2013, his work has focused on social innovation, enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy and scaling solutions that work. 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 nearly a half billion public and private dollars 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 social innovation and other nonprofit issues, including delivering keynote addresses at conferences in Kaliningrad, Russia; Dublin, Ireland; Singapore and Seoul, South Korea. Carttar graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Economics and English and received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.