Phyllis Kurlander Costanza

Phyllis Kurlander Costanza

February 26, 2023 | secon2023

Phyllis has been delivering positive commercial impact and driving measurable change in society and the environment throughout her career.

She is the Co-Founder and President of OutcomesX which is creating a marketplace for social outcomes. This new company builds on her work at UBS, where she worked for 11 years as the CEO of UBS Optimus Foundation and more recently as Global Head of Social Impact. In her role as CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, she overhauled the strategy, resulting in a 20x growth (from $10m to >$200m), and in the creation of the first Development Impact Bond in education.

Prior to UBS, she was an Executive Director and Board Member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). For more than a decade, she also worked as a management consultant, focused primarily on health care, and served in the public sector advising New York State Governor Mario Cuomo on policy and politics in New York City.

She also serves as a Board Chair of Educate Girls USA, and Board Member of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Blue Earth Foundation (Switzerland) and the UBS Optimus Foundation UK. She is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a Senior Advisor to the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East, and a Sorenson Global Impact Leader.