Brian Burwell

Board Member

Brian is a partner in Bridgespan’s San Francisco office. He joined Bridgespan to follow his passion and commitment to make a difference on critical social issues including the environment, education and healthcare.

Brian’s focus at Bridgespan has been with both nonprofit organizations and with leading foundations, philanthropists and collaboratives. Brian is also leading Bridgespan’s multi-year initiative designed to work with nonprofit organizations to strengthen their business models for impact and to build organizational effectiveness.

Brian brings extensive management consulting experience working with some of the world’s leading corporations and nonprofit organizations on strategy, execution, organization, and leadership. Brian’s experience has spanned six continents and numerous sectors, including education, the environment, healthcare, consumer products, retail, and hospitality.

Prior to joining Bridgespan Brian spent over 35 years as a partner at Marakon, a strategy and organization consulting firm, where he also served as CEO and was a member of its San Francisco, London, New York, and Melbourne offices. Prior to Marakon, Brian was a research manager with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and an economist with an environmental research group at the University of California, Davis.

Brian is deeply involved with sports, charitable, and educational organizations. He is the chair of the Dean’s advisory council at the University of California, Davis, on the boards of Russian Riverkeeper and Actify, a San Francisco based software company, and continues to serve as a senior advisor for Marakon.

Brian received his AA from Santa Rosa Junior College, BA in economics from the University of California at Davis and MBA from Stanford University. He and his wife, Beatrice are the parents of three adult sons, and grandparents of two girls and a boy.