Bridget Bearden, Ph.D.


EBRI Research & Development Strategist

Bridget Bearden is Research and Development Strategist at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Prior to joining EBRI, Bridget conducted research and created thought leadership for corporate and non-profit investment organizations, including Edelman Financial Engines, Ceres, Defined Contribution Institutional Investors Association (DCIIA), and Strategic Insight (now ISS Market Intelligence).

She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from University of Massachusetts Boston, with a dissertation on sustainable investing in private workplace retirement plans. She was a David Nyhan fellow of the UMass Sustainable Solutions Lab and is a current member Women in Pensions Network. She holds a BA in political science, an MBA in finance, and an MS in public policy. She holds the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential from SASB and is also pursuing the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation.