Tom Fry has over 20 years of professional experience as an operator, investor and advisor in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. His current advisory work includes engaging clients on what’s possible with their philanthropic resources, advising grantee organizations on building sustainable/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 to 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 South Africa.
Before entering the nonprofit arena, Tom worked for White Mountains Capital, a firm that invests in 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 currently serves on the boards of Compass Working Capital, Seed Global Health, Spark Microgrants, Strive Together, Out Teach, and KnowledgeWorks Foundation. Tom received his master of business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and economics from Boston College. Tom enjoys running, cooking, and international travel.