Bruce Boyd is a Principal at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy and impact investing consulting firm. Bruce leads the firm’s Midwest office and has worked with Arabella’s individual and family, foundation and corporate clients. Those engagements have focused on both philanthropy and impact investing and have included strategic planning, family engagement, due diligence, program development and implementation, and evaluation of impact. Bruce has worked on regional, national, and international projects stretching across a range of issues, including community development, human rights, education, and the environment.
In addition to his work at Arabella, Bruce serves as an advisor to the New Venture Fund and Hopewell Fund, and is on the Board of the Windward Fund — all 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors and grant-making intermediaries often used by Arabella clients. Bruce also serves on the boards of the Morrison Family Foundation, Forefront (Illinois’ regional association of philanthropists and nonprofits), and his own family foundation. Bruce is a former member of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Opportunity International, and the Merit School of Music in Chicago. He writes and speaks widely about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining Arabella, Bruce served for 13 years as a senior manager at The Nature Conservancy, where he led the Illinois Program, the Upper Mississippi River Project, and the four-continent Great Rivers Partnership. Bruce started his career in law but left legal practice to buy a manufacturing company out of bankruptcy, which he ran and later sold to a Fortune 500 company.
Bruce graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College, earned his law degree from the University of Chicago, and studied business at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.