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Tom Fry

Philanthropic Advisor

Tom has over 25 years of professional experience as an operator, investor and advisor in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. His current advisory work includes engaging institutions and families on optimizing their resources for impact, working with social enterprises on building sustainable and impactful organizations, and advancing the field of social entrepreneurship. 

Prior to his advisory work, Tom was a managing director at The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), where he led the effort to establish the Foundation’s East Coast office, identified and supported early-stage social entrepreneurs, and engaged DRK donors and funding partners. Prior to joining DRK, he was a partner at New Profit, where he helped portfolio organizations refine their program and revenue models, add talent, develop organizational capacity and scale their impact. Previously, Tom served as the director of operations for Grassroot Soccer, leading the operational build-out for the organization in Africa. 

Before entering the nonprofit arena, Tom worked for White Mountains Capital, an investment firm that focuses on buyouts and special situations in the financial service sector. His role involved evaluating investment opportunities, managing diligence efforts and working with management teams post-close to improve operations. In an earlier role, he consulted to Fortune 500 and private equity clients while at Mainspring, a boutique management consulting firm acquired by IBM. He started his professional career at the Chubb Group, a specialty insurance company. 

Tom also serves on the boards of Genesys Works, Out Teach, Seed Global Health, Raising The Village, Matriculate and KnowledgeWorks Foundation. He has served on over 25 nonprofit boards. Tom received his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and economics from Boston College. Tom lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Anu and enjoys trail running, cooking, yoga and international travel.