Tom Tierney - TNC Board Member
Tom Tierney Tom Tierney - TNC Board Member © TNC

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Thomas Tierney

TNC Global Board Chairman, and Chairman and Co-Founder, The Bridgespan Group, Inc

Boston, Massachusetts


    Social Impact, Nonprofit Leadership


    October 2007 – October 2019


Chairman and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group, Inc. Tom Tierney is a recognized leader in serving the nonprofit sector. In 1999, he co-founded The Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to help accelerate social impact. During 2000, he stepped down as Bain & Company's chief executive to concentrate on Bridgespan-related activities. Tom frequently speaks and writes on a variety of topics related to nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. He co-authored a popular book about organization and strategy, Aligning the Stars (2002, Harvard Business School Press).He co-authored with Joel L. Fleishman Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results (2011, Public Affairs), and in 2012 led the production of Conversations with Remarkable Givers, a groundbreaking, free video series of candid conversations with a range of extraordinary philanthropists. 

In 2014 Tom was appointed to the West Point Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership. Tom received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from University of California at Davis.

Board member: Chair of Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative; Chairman at Hoover Institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors; Corporation Member: Chairman-elect: eBay, Incorporated; Past Board Member: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, United Way of the Bay Area, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, The Committee for Economic Development, Catholic Charities, The California Nature Conservancy, WGBH, and The National Academies.

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