Bruce Boyd joined Arabella Advisors as a principal and senior managing director in 2007 after spending 20 years building and leading for-profit and nonprofit ventures. Bruce leads the firm’s Chicago office and has worked with Arabella’s foundation, individual and family, and corporate clients. Those engagements have focused on strategic planning, 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, the Windward Fund, and the Hopewell Fund—all 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors and grant-making intermediaries often used by Arabella clients. Bruce also serves on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Morrison Family Foundation, Donors Forum of Illinois, and his own family’s foundation. He also 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. He is also a former member of the board of governors of Opportunity International, a leading micro-finance nonprofit, and a former trustee of the Merit School of Music in Chicago. 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.