Mariah Collins

Mariah Collins is a manager in The Bridgespan Group’s Boston office. Since joining in 2012, she has worked on a range of cases, primarily focused on impact investing, measurement and evaluation, and public health. Mariah co-leads Bridgespan’s Measurement and Evaluation area of expertise. Her clients include Texas Pacific Group’s (TPG) Rise Fund—where Bridgespan partnered to develop and deliver rigorous, quantitative impact underwriting, as detailed in Harvard Business Review’s “Calculating the Value of Impact Investing.” Mariah has also explored opportunities for family offices and high-net-worth individuals to get involved in ‘impact-first’ forms of impact investing in “Back to the Frontier: Investing that Puts Impact First.”

Mariah’s nonprofit clients have included East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Nurse Family Partnership, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), and the National Council for Behavioral Health. With these clients, she has primarily focused on growth strategy and measurement. With her philanthropy clients, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Mariah helped to strengthen operations, set grantmaking priorities, determine impact targets, and identify potential grantees.

Mariah has a longstanding interest in the social determinants of health and co-authored “The Community Cure for Health Care” in and “Why Big Health Systems are Investing in Community Health” in as well as  “With the ACA Under Fire, Can Health Conversion Foundations Patch the Safety Net for Low-Income Americans” in Health Affairs Grantwatch Blog.

Mariah holds a Master of Science degree from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Brandeis University where she studied health policy/public health and environmental studies. Mariah is a lifelong Massachusetts resident and lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband, two children, and dog.

Articles by Mariah Collins

  • Mariah Collins

    Getting In the Game: How Wealthy Individuals and Families Can Bring Impact-First Investing Off the Sidelines

    The vast majority of impact investments target market-rate returns, which leaves impact-focused enterprises with lower prospects for competitive returns struggling to attract capital. But as Mariah Collins of The Bridgespan Group explains, there's a group of influential and deep-pocketed investors who are ideally placed to change this dynamic: wealthy individuals and families. She shares findings from a recent report that aims to shed light on this largely untapped opportunity, and discusses why the shift to impact-first investing has never been more important — or easier — to make.

    impact investing, SDGs
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