Philanthropy Expert, Head of the Philanthropy Practice at the Bridgespan Group
Susan Wolf Ditkoff is co-Head of the Philanthropy Practice at the Bridgespan Group. Her work has focused on three primary areas: effective philanthropy, public education, and infrastructure issues such as leadership, capacity building, and governance.
Susan co-authored two articles for the Harvard Business Review exploring how philanthropists can increase their impact by getting clear about defining success, getting real about what it takes to create change, and getting better over time. Most recently, she co-authored “Philanthropy in the New Age of Government Austerity.” She has also co-authored four related op-eds in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been cited as an expert by The New York Times and Reuters, and speaks frequently at the Council on Foundations and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Association of Small Foundations, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy, as well as for private groups of philanthropists. In 2011, she initiated Bridgespan’s first philanthropy blog and Twitter campaign (#30DayDonorChallenge).
Outside of Bridgespan, Susan is Vice President and on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Directors, and is the past president of the HBS Social Enterprise Alumni Association.
Susan is a graduate of Yale University, where she wrote her thesis on bilingual education. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was most recently a leadership coach for five years in the school’s Executive Education program.