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Tracy Nowski

Works with foundations, philanthropic limited liability companies, not for profits, nongovernmental organizations, and multilateral organizations as a Social Sector Practice leader and brings deep expertise in women’s economic empowerment and women’s health across developed and developing countries

Tracy leads McKinsey’s philanthropy work globally. She works with private and corporate foundations, high-net-worth individuals, philanthropic limited liability companies, and multidonor collaboratives, helping them become more innovative, strategic, and effective so they can magnify social impact. Her work spans from the earliest ideation and strategy phases for new philanthropic initiatives to evolving the operating models and organizational designs of existing philanthropies to serve their missions better.

Tracy also has deep expertise in issues pertaining to gender equality and leads McKinsey’s projects related to women and girls. She works with leaders to address the strategic, operational, and organizational challenges that face the not for profits, nongovernmental organizations, and multilateral organizations focused on women’s economic empowerment and women’s health.

An attorney by training, Tracy worked in legal and advocacy roles in the women’s-rights space before joining McKinsey. For seven years, she served on the board of directors of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a national, not-for-profit mentoring program for at-risk girls.

Published Work

The role of public–private–philanthropic partnerships in driving climate and nature transitions, McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Empowering Black, Latina, and Native American women in tech,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

How can individuals use their influence for positive change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

It’s time for philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

A transformative moment for philanthropy,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

Closing the tech gender gap through philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, McKinsey & Company, September 2018

Partnering for parity: Strengthening collaborations for gender equality, McKinsey & Company, October 2017

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada, McKinsey Global Institute, June 2017


Yale Law School

Harvard University
BA, studies of women, gender, and sexuality