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Andrea Alexander

Associate Partner, Houston
Partners with leaders to fundamentally transform, evolve, and reimagine organizational design and workforce strategies, creating lasting impact

About Andrea

Andrea helps transform large organizations to deliver lasting performance improvements against a backdrop of changing workplace needs and expectations.  She leads McKinsey’s thinking on reimagining the workforce, with a focus on integrating virtual and in-person work. In this role, she has shared perspectives with C-suite leaders and supported more than 20 companies as they shape aspirations for effective hybrid virtual workforces, in the post-pandemic world and beyond.

Since joining McKinsey in 2009, Andrea has developed significant expertise in setting organizational design, shaping culture, boosting leadership effectiveness, building capability, fostering diversity and inclusion, and navigating change. She serves clients across industries, including companies in the oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and telecommunications sectors.

Examples of Andrea’s recent client work include:

  • rethinking a technology company’s workforce strategy, identifying opportunities to increase virtual work from 6 to 80 percent without compromising employee productivity, culture, or innovation
  • designing a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy for a large multinational conglomerate, drawing on data from advanced analytics and social listening analysis
  • reorganizing an oil and gas company to boost long-term competitive positioning, including transitioning to a helix model and identifying $350 million in cost savings
  • transforming a pharmaceutical company by shifting culture, changing mindsets, and implementing radically different ways of working; the effort increased capacity by 25 percent and headed off an incipient market shortage
  • leading the transformation office for a company-wide change program to reduce costs while introducing new services and establishing a more entrepreneurial culture, impacting the entire 40,000 employee workforce

Andrea serves as a board member for Teach for America Houston and for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, an environmental organization protecting and revitalizing Houston’s bayou waterways and parks.

Published Work

Reimagining the virtual workplace around inclusion and engagement,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2021

What employees are saying about the future of remote work,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

Reimagining the postpandemic workforce,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2020

How to make smart decisions quickly in uncertain times,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, June 2020

4 steps to quickly create a network of teams,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, June 2020

To weather a crisis, build a network of teams,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Decision making in uncertain times,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Past Experience

Harlem Village Academies
Program director

Bell Curves
Teacher

Teach for America
Teacher

Education

Harvard University
MBA

University of Pennsylvania
BS, economics and strategic management