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Adi Kumar

Partner, Washington DC
Counsels private and public sector leaders on topics of strategy, innovation, organization, and operations to improve performance and better delivery for customers, constituents, and other stakeholders

About Adi

Adi is a partner at McKinsey and a leader in the firm’s Healthcare Systems & Services and Public & Social Sector Practices. He advises CEOs, governors, and other senior public and private sector leaders on a range of issues including strategy, operations, organizational effectiveness, innovation, and transformation. He is also a deep expert in the area of designing and implementing innovative healthcare value-based payment models.

Adi leads McKinsey’s North America public sector COVID-19 response and coleads the firm’s work on healthcare payments, care delivery, and network innovation. In addition, he founded and coleads McKinsey’s Government Transitions initiative. He has worked on, or advised, two US Presidential transition teams and several US governor transition teams.

Adi joined McKinsey in 2003, leaving the firm to study for an MBA at Stanford University, which he earned in 2007. He later served in the White House, where he oversaw the implementation of the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the 2009 stimulus bill) and served as an advisor to the President, the Vice President, and the White House Chief of Staff, prior to returning to McKinsey.

Adi also serves on the board of directors of The Humane Society of the United States and serves as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.

Published work

Seven tips for success for new chiefs of staff at federal government agencies,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Moving teams from campaign to transition: Five things to get right,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Government transitions during crisis: How new leaders can take charge,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

An interview with Austan Goolsbee,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Implications for value-based payment programs: Weathering COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Ezekiel Emanuel on the steps to reopen states safely,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Mounting a data-driven crisis response: An interview with the CEO of Aledade,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Crisis nerve centers: Supporting governments’ responses to coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

The exciting news in Medicare is happening at the kitchen table—not on the debate stage,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Defining the role of a state chief operating officer,” McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Extending the use of episode analytics beyond alternative payment models: A scalable architecture for improving payer performance,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Low back pain: Two insights on treatment patterns from a patient journey analysis,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Risk adjustment for retrospective episode-based payment: Guiding principles and proposed methodology,” McKinsey & Company, 2014

Past experience

The White House, Office of the Vice President
Deputy assistant to the vice president and senior advisor to the chief of staff

The White House, Office of the Chief of Staff
Director of special projects

Presidential transition committee (United States)

Obama for America
CFO and director of financial strategy


Stanford University

Georgetown University
BA, economics and government