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Tom Dohrmann

Senior PartnerWashington DC

Leads large-scale organizational transformations and operations improvement for federal-, state-, and local-government clients

Thomas (Tom) cofounded and leads McKinsey’s Public Sector Practice in the Americas and has advised US federal and state governments, as well as governments in more than 20 countries. As a trusted advisor, he helps clients identify solutions to complex problems in a range of sectors, including security, public finance, healthcare, transportation, infrastructure, and economic development.

With a deep commitment to improving government management and identifying opportunities for innovation, Tom has worked with clients on strategy, operations, customer experience, analytics, technology, and organizational transformation. His work with senior leaders in some of the largest government agencies in the world has helped improve operations and enhance the lives of the citizens they serve. Tom is actively involved in the firm’s research on government transitions, advanced analytics, and digitization.

Published work

Seven tips for success for new chiefs of staff at federal government agencies,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Responding to climate risk: Actions for US state and local leaders,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Moving teams from campaign to transition: Five things to get right,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Coordinating workforce development across stakeholders: An interview with ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising,” McKinsey & Company, October 2018

The AI factor in talent management: An interview with Catalyte’s Jacob Hsu and Mike Rosenbaum,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Adapting education to the demands of a rapidly changing economy: An interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

Advice from Silicon Valley: How tech-sector practices can promote innovation in government,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

Creating an effective workforce system for the new economy,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

What CEOs can teach the next US president,” McKinsey & Company, July 2016

Tax Myths: Dispelling myths about tax transformation in rapidly growing economies,” McKinsey & Company, September 2015

Better for less: Improving public sector performance on a tight budget,” (PDF–750 MB), McKinsey & Company, July 2011

The public-sector productivity imperative,” (PDF–441 KB), McKinsey & Company, March 2011


Princeton University
MPA (Fulbright Scholar, Truman Scholar)

Macalester College
BA, political science