About John

John is a leader in McKinsey’s Infrastructure Practice as well as our Public Sector Practice, where he is the global co-leader of our work on sustainable cities.

He supports cities, global city networks, and service providers to increase economic growth, equity, and sustainability.

John has supported city, state, and federal agencies as well as private developers, designers, and construction firms to develop more than $100 billion in capital projects across North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Some of John’s recent work includes:

  • refining the growth and program design for a leading global philanthropy focused on improving the lives of city residents around the world
  • crafting the city-growth strategy and project-development plan for a $5 billion city-center redevelopment—including helping define its economic, social, and environmental objectives, optimizing the financial strategy, and designing the project-delivery approach
  • creating a transit-oriented-development strategy and project-execution plan for a $6 billion mass-transit project—including reducing capital costs by 20 percent and aligning with community-development goals
  • developing a smart-city strategy—to improve the sustainability, livability, and efficiency of communities—for a global technology firm
  • establishing an economic-development strategy to increase core manufacturing activities and unlock municipal growth for a US city
  • increasing clinical effectiveness while reducing capital-project costs for a major US healthcare company—including engaging clinicians, contractors, and designers to improve hospital facilities such as emergency departments and operating suites
  • evaluating and enhancing the portfolio-planning and project-delivery processes for several major US federal agencies to improve the alignment of their capital programs with overall mission performance
  • scrubbing and optimizing the capital-project portfolios for several energy, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical companies to accelerate projects and reduce capital-program costs by as much as 30 percent

John serves on the advisory board of the Global Parliament of Mayors Project and of CriticaLink, a nongovernmental organization providing mobile tech-enabled emergency-response systems in cities. He serves on the board of directors for Inscape Publico, a not-for-profit architecture firm helping other not for profits achieve their mission. John has also provided pro bono community development, design, and construction services in East Africa and Haiti. He speaks regularly at global forums on infrastructure and urban development.

Prior to joining McKinsey, John worked in capital-project delivery at Skanska, where he held roles in project-management, controls, and innovation programs across business units. He is a licensed professional engineer.

Publications

The power of collective action: Forging a global role for mayors,” McKinsey & Company, June 2016

Education

Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
MBA

Duke University
BSc, engineering; certificate, architectural engineering