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Diana is the global leader and a co-founder of the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG), a center of expertise and innovation within our Public Sector Practice dedicated to supporting government leaders as they strive to achieve and sustain greater performance in a context of limited resources. Diana rejoined McKinsey in 2011, after two years as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant on Economic Policy to President Obama. She is based in Washington, DC.

While at the White House, Diana directed interagency processes for a broad portfolio of economic initiatives, including the administration’s financial regulatory reform agenda and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the full housing and housing-finance policy agenda, and the innovation and competitiveness agenda. She was also a member of the President’s Auto Task Force, charged with devising strategies to restructure the US auto industry and support affected communities.

Diana has advised clients around the world on a wide range of topics over the course of her McKinsey career. Before joining the Obama administration, she led the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), our economic research arm. She has held leadership positions in our Financial Services and Strategy Practices.

A frequent speaker at major US and global conferences, Diana has also authored or co-authored books, articles for academic journals, and op-eds for leading international publications. She edited an anthology series based on MGI research, published by Harvard Business Press in 2006.

Diana holds a BA in economics and social studies from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Published work

Fiscal shock, combat awe,” McKinsey & Company, June 2014

How government can promote open data,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

Government by design: Four principles for a better public sector,” McKinsey & Company, December 2013

Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013

New but not yet normal: Corporate and investment banking in transition,” McKinsey on Corporate & Investment Banking, September 2010 (PDF–631 KB)

Changing the fortunes of America's workforce: A human capital challenge,”  McKinsey Global Institute, June 2009

Promoting energy efficiency in the developing world,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2009

Why Americans pay more for health care,” McKinsey Quarterly, December 2008

Leading through uncertainty,” McKinsey Quarterly, December 2008

The challenge of reforming Japan’s health system,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2008

Why baby boomers will need to work longer,”  McKinsey Quarterly, November 2008

New thinking for a new financial order,” Harvard Business Review, September 2008

Capturing the European energy productivity opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2008

Boosting Europe’s energy productivity,” Businessweek, September 2008

China’s urbanization means rich rewards for business,” Businessweek, September 2008

How the world should invest in energy efficiency,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2008

The rise of the euro,” Businessweek, March 2008

Investing the Gulf’s oil profits windfall,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2008

The challenge of funding Japan’s future health care needs,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2008

Gulf states must use oil wealth wisely,” Businessweek, February 2008

Long-term trends in global capital markets,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2008

The new role of oil wealth in the world economy,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2008

Offshoring: Understanding the Emerging Global Labor Market, Harvard Business Press Books, 2006

Driving Growth: Breaking Down Barriers to Global Prosperity, Harvard Business Press Books, 2006

Productivity Imperative: Wealth and Poverty in the Global Economy, Harvard Business Press Books, 2006

Smarter offshoring,” Harvard Business Review, June 2006

Market Unbound, Wiley & Sons, 1996

Past experience
  • Goldman Sachs Real estate financial analyst
  • Harvard University MBA
  • Wesleyan University BA, economics

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