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Jason Wright

Partner, Washington DC
Helps CFOs, chief HR officers, and chief security officers set bold aspirations and brings deep expertise in administrative operations to execute transformations

About Jason

Jason’s work focuses on modernizing higher-education institutions, government agencies, and industrial companies through large-scale transformations. He is part of the McKinsey Operations Practice and brings deep expertise in administrative operations to the chief HR officers, CFOs, chief administrative officers, and chief security officers he counsels. Jason also coleads McKinsey’s global inclusion strategy and spearheads global outreach to executives of color. As part of this, he helped create the annual Black Economic Forum, a marquee event and series of publications aimed at closing the racial wealth gap.

The bulk of his recent client work has focused on transforming administrative operations in public and private universities by improving efficiency, service levels, and customer satisfaction in functions such as HR, finance, procurement, and research administration. His approach is informed by design thinking and agile development, engaging a broad cross-section of the institution in pilots that demonstrate what’s possible to leaders. Higher-education leaders have found it to be an effective method of ushering in needed culture change, operational transformation, and cost savings simultaneously. Jason also continues to spend time helping industrial companies modernize and become more efficient across general-and-administrative-expense functions. This includes an innovative approach to modernizing the security function to better protect a company’s most critical assets.

Jason is on the board of trustees of the 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

COVID-19: Investing in black lives and livelihoods,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

The case for accelerating financial inclusion in black communities,” McKinsey & Company, February 2020

Building operational excellence in higher education,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

The future of work in black America,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

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