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Jason Wright

Partner, Washington DC
Advises private- and public-sector organizations on operations strategy to lead to reduced costs, greater efficiencies, and lasting transformations in operations excellence

About Jason

Jason helps companies enact operations strategy in both the private and public sectors. He is part of the McKinsey service-operations team and has deep expertise in general and administrative expense operations. He is also a core leader of the firm’s defense and security work; leads diversity and inclusion efforts in the Washington, DC, office; and spearheads North American outreach to executives of color.

As a client-service leader in the Public Sector Practice, Jason has led public sector defense organizations in operations strategy and organizational-transformation efforts. As a knowledgeable service operations leader, he has brought together diverse teams of consultants, developers, and data scientists from across the firm to execute large-scale, analytically driven efficiency and effectiveness programs.

Jason is an entrepreneur in moving clients and the firm to social impact and has cultivated several professional communities that enable leaders to use their resources and influence to advance the causes they care about most.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • redesigning the process in which military assets transition from production to sustainment, leveraging machine learning to tie funding to mission outcomes
  • creating a shared-service design for the support functions of a large defense agency to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • structuring and delivering a transformation program to capture cost savings and drive operational excellence in support functions across the military services and fourth estate
  • resetting the support function strategy for a large utility company to enable rapid cost savings and effectiveness improvements from automation, process redesign, and the subsequent reskilling of the workforce
  • identifying and capturing significant run-rate savings from support functions for a large utility company in rapid response to unseasonable weather
  • using advanced analytics to improve rail transportation planning, raising the ceiling on capacity and deferring unnecessary capex
  • creating an annual economic forum to help influential black thought leaders take action on issues related to wealth generation, philanthropy, and community development

Jason is on the board of trustees at Union Theological Seminary, where he is helping the institution better equip a changing student body that is more focused on community organizing and social entrepreneurship than traditional ministry. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a running back in the National Football League, finishing his athletic career as a team captain and labor-union leader during the 2011 NFL lockout.

Published work

The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

Automation and the future of the African American workforce,” McKinsey & Company, November 2018

Past experience

National Football League


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
MBA, operations and finance

Northwestern University
BA, psychology