Lecturer in the Practice of Government
Eric Braverman is a partner in McKinsey & Company's Washington, D.C., office and global leader of McKinsey's work on government innovation. He counsels heads of state and former presidents, cabinet secretaries, civil service officials, and leaders of business and civil society.
Named by Fortune magazine in 2010 as one of the "40 Most Influential Leaders in Business" worldwide under 40 years old, Eric co-founded McKinsey's practice serving government and has become one of McKinsey's foremost experts on civic engagement and the transformation of complex public institutions.
Much of Eric's direct work with clients has focused on ways that the public sector, private sector, and civil society can come together to improve people's lives. For example, in 2010-2011, he led an effort with former President Clinton and the Prime Minister of Haiti to develop Haiti's recovery commission following the earthquake that killed 300,000 people. After President Obama's election in 2008, Eric served as an advisor on performance management and technology for President Obama's transition team. He has worked with cabinet secretaries in the U.S. and ministers abroad to set their goals and create strategic plans, advised agency leaders on how to manage the implementation of laws that will affect the way government serves 100 million Americans, and helped leaders improve productivity by identifying hundreds of millions of dollars in potential cost savings. This year, he has worked with state government to improve services to citizens and businesses by making better use of information, as well as with federal departments to streamline operations by merger of various bureaus and agencies.
Eric also co-founded and now directs McKinsey's work on government innovation, which has focused this year on the disruptive role of technology in transforming society. He and his team have developed a network of innovators in 40 countries on 6 continents and have published a research series featuring both interviews with notable leaders and insights from the experience of leading civic innovation efforts. Together with Princeton University, Eric also launched the Innovation Navigator, the world's first free, public, and open repository of civic innovation examples (in beta). Eric is a frequent speaker on innovation at international events, including recently the Open Government Partnership's annual meeting in Brasilia (chaired by President Rousseff and Secretary Clinton) and the Club de Madrid's annual meeting of former presidents and prime ministers. He was also a lecturer in government strategy and innovation in the inaugural term of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government.
Outside of his work at McKinsey, Eric has always maintained a deep dedication to public service at the intersection of law, technology, politics, and the arts. Eric is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. While in law school, Eric co-founded and now chairs Blue Line Arts, a nonprofit theater that develops thoughtful new work and creates mentorship programs for young people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. His most recent production of Doron Ben-Atar's Peace Warriors opened in D.C., received five stars from Time Out in New York, and will next preview in Tel Aviv. Eric also serves on the boards of Arena Stage and the Mory's Association, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the New York State Bar. He was a founding director of the American Independent News Network and has served as an advisor to various presidential campaigns since the 1990s.