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Mr. Paul L. Carttar

Paul Carttar is an independent consultant with distinctive expertise in social innovation and investment, enhancing the effectiveness and impact of social-purpose organizations and scaling solutions that work. A former partner and co-founder of The Bridgespan Group, he now serves as a Senior Advisor.

Paul brings more than thirty years of experience tackling challenging management problems in 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 under his watch mobilized more than a half billion public and private dollars to grow promising nonprofits with evidence of impact in low income communities.

Prior to the SIF, Paul was an executive partner with New Profit, Inc., where he worked with entrepreneurial CEO’s of nonprofits in the US and internationally to build robust organizations and expand their scale and impact. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he oversaw all programs, and Executive Vice Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Kansas, where his responsibilities included government and media relations.

Paul began his career in the public sector as an analyst and assistant economist for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and subsequently served as research assistant to Dr. Arthur F. Burns, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, at the American Enterprise Institute. In 1982, he joined Dr. Burns, then U.S. Ambassador to West Germany, as his Special Assistant in Bonn. Later, Carttar spent several years with Bain & Company, the international corporate consulting firm and held executive positions with two private, venture-capital funded companies in the healthcare industry.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on social innovation and other nonprofit issues, including delivering keynote addresses at conferences in Beijing, China; Kaliningrad, Russia; Dublin, Ireland; Singapore; Seoul, South Korea; Berlin, Germany and Mumbai, India.

Paul 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.

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