Lucy Bernholz is the Founder and President of Blueprint Research & Design, Inc., a strategy consulting firm specializing in program research and design for philanthropic foundations. She has worked as a program officer and consultant to foundations since 1990. Bernholz founded Blueprint Research & Design, Inc in 1997 as a means of pursuing a lifelong interest in the shifting relationships between society’s definitions of public and private and to help grant makers make better use of applied research.
As a community foundation program officer Bernholz was responsible for developing and managing grant programs in the arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health, historic preservation, and human services. She also supervised the implementation of special initiatives focused on neighborhood development, lesbian and gay community issues, management assistance, citizenship, and early adolescence. As a consultant, Bernholz has developed grant strategies on a wide range of social issues for foundations, individuals, and corporations.
Dr. Bernholz is a noted analyst of the philanthropic industry and has published numerous articles in the trade and general press, edited collections, and scholarly journals. Her most recent book, Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2004. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
She serves as a Special Fellow to the Synergos Institute and as Member of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy. Bernholz is on the Advisory Boards of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equality, YouthGive, Social Venture Partners Bay Area, the National Philanthropic Trust, and The Grantmaking School. In addition, she is an Advisory Fellow of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California, on the Market Steering Committee of Impact Manager, and serves on the Board of Directors of CompuMentor. She earned her B.A. from Yale University where she captained the lacrosse team and played field hockey. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.