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Hrishika Vuppala

Senior PartnerBay Area

Brings IT-transformation expertise to help private- and public-sector agencies maximize value from technology investments to drive innovation, transform the customer experience, and improve productivity while building organizational capabilities to sustain the impact

In her advisory work, Hrishika has helped leaders across industries and sectors design and execute technology-enabled business transformations. She takes a big-picture view of technology challenges, looking across the entire organization and related systems, and then extends that strategic perspective to the practical level. She has a strong track record of maximizing returns on technology investments and delivering critical IT projects quickly and efficiently.

Recently, Hrishika has been working to bring digital and analytics best practices to the public sector and the healthcare landscape more broadly. She has partnered with several state governments to integrate and streamline the operations of public-assistance programs. In particular, she has helped health and human-services agencies better manage the provisioning and servicing of social programs focused on nutrition, employment, and healthcare.

Hrishika also has deep experience with transformations in turnarounds, mergers, and divestitures, including executive-oversight support to ensure successful implementation and migrations for complex IT organizations and systems.

Examples of her recent client work include the following:

  • directing an effort to help a state government optimize business processes related to case intake, case management, and eligibility for major programs, including SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid
  • turning around an IT-platform modernization effort for a healthcare company that was over budget and years behind schedule, developing options and addressing critical gaps, challenges, and bottlenecks
  • leading an effort to enable strong analytics capabilities to improve processes and program outcomes to support Medicaid and the broader population health state ecosystem
  • setting a technology strategy to help a fashion retailer achieve market-beating growth, identifying and evaluating target states for key vertical applications and developing a detailed implementation road map
  • planning IT strategy during the divestiture of a lending-services unit by one of the largest US financial institutions

Before joining McKinsey, Hrishika focused on marketing analytics at a multinational technology company. She has more than a decade of experience in consulting and computer engineering and has worked in the Asia–Pacific region, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Published work

Unlocking the potential of generative AI: Three key questions for government agencies,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

Genomic sequencing: A vital tool in combatting the pandemic,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

Managing large technology programs in the digital era,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

COVID-19: How American states can manage the surge in unemployment services,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Insights into better integrated eligibility systems,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019


Marketing analyst


General Electric
Information-management leadership program


Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

Manipal Institute of Technology
BEng, communication and electrical engineering