Bruce Boyd

Principal & Senior Managing Director at Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors

Bruce Boyd joined Arabella Advisors in 2007 as a principal and senior managing director after spending 20 years building and leading for-profit and nonprofit ventures. Bruce is based in Chicago and has worked with Arabella’s individual, family, foundation, and corporate clients, helping them effectively and efficiently deploy philanthropic and investment capital for good. Those engagements have focused on organizational development, strategic planning, due diligence, program implementation, and evaluation of impact. Bruce has worked across a range of issues, including community development, human rights, education, and the environment.

In addition to his work at Arabella, Bruce serves on the board of the Windward Fund—a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor and grant-making intermediary—the Morrison Family Foundation, the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Rare, and the Lake County Community Foundation. He is a former member of the board of Forefront, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Opportunity International, and the Merit School of Music.

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.



  • Principal & Senior Managing Director

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