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Jimmy Sarakatsannis

Partner, Washington DC
Offers broad and deep expertise in education, with a particular interest in the use of technology to transform teaching and learning

About Jimmy

Jimmy is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington, DC office and a leader in our Education and Private Equity Practices.

Jimmy’s work in education straddles the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and spans every stage from pre-K-12 education to higher education and workforce development. He serves school systems, educational services providers, technology companies, and educational non-profits, as well as private-equity firms and philanthropic foundations that invest in education.

Much of Jimmy’s work focuses on how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning both within and beyond formal education. He also has deep expertise in the improvement of human capital within education systems, investment in education, and the development of successful organizational and business models for companies working across the public and private sectors.

Among his recent client projects, Jimmy has:

  • advised an online learning company on developing a strategy to raise its student success rates
  • supported professional development for teachers in some 20 US school districts
  • helped a major technology company define a strategy to enter education, including product development, team building, and a go-to-market strategy for the new business
  • led our support of a new non-profit in K-12 education, helping to design and set up the organization with an independent sales force and operations team
  • worked with a national system of technical and vocational colleges to create online and hybrid programs to expand access and provide better educational experiences, reaching more than 50,000 students to date

Before joining McKinsey, Jimmy taught middle school science in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is the author of a number of papers on educational topics and a regular contributor to our knowledge building in this field.

Published work

How states can improve well-being for all children, from birth to age five,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

Drivers of student performance: Insights from North America,” McKinsey & Company, December 2017

How states can improve well-being for all children, from birth to age five,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Why US education is ready for investment,” McKinsey on Investing, Number 2, Summer 2015

Protecting student data in a digital world,” McKinsey & Company, April 2015

The future of textbooks,” McKinsey on Society, August 2014

Wiring students for success,” McKinsey on Society, June 2014


District of Columbia Public Schools


American University
MA, teaching

Columbia University
MA, physics and philosophy

University of Delaware
BS, biochemistry