Marieke Spence


Marieke Spence is Senior Manager of the Global Philanthropists Circle at the Synergos Institute, where she works with a dynamic network of leading philanthropic families from across the world committed to using their time, influence and resources to fight global poverty and social injustice. Ms. Spence was previously a Senior Consultant at TCC Group, a management consulting firm that develops strategies and programs to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of foundations, nonprofits, and corporate community involvement programs. Prior to joining TCC Group in 2013, she provided strategic counsel, research, analysis, planning, and program design to clients as an independent philanthropy advisor, and served as a Summer Fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Her thought leadership on philanthropy and impact investing has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Foundation Review, GrantCraft, and in the book Social Finance (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Ms. Spence was formerly Director of Corporate Communication and Strategy at The Kessler Group, a financial services company; a producer of “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” a nationally-syndicated NPR program; and Assistant Director of Communications at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. She received her BA from Brown University, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and completed an executive course in impact investing at Said Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters, is a lapsed violist and pianist, and enjoys biographies.