Matt McDonald, Partner
Matt McDonald has served as a senior counselor to leaders in the public and private sectors for the past decade, providing guidance at the intersection of communications and business strategy.
Most recently, Matt worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in their New York and Washington offices. In that role, he worked with C-suite executives confronting generational industry and economic upheaval. He advised financial services executives on loss mitigation strategies in the aftermath of the economic crisis, and worked with media executives to develop new growth opportunities in an environment of rapid change. His work spanned the breadth of business challenges from high level strategy development to organizational change.
Prior to joining McKinsey, he served as a senior advisor to Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign. During the campaign he prepared Senator McCain for debates, counseled him on the response to the economic crisis, and was part of the senior leadership team directing campaign strategy.
Matt served in similar leadership roles in the past as a senior advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger’s reelection victory in California, and as Associate Communications Director at the White House with responsibility for economic issues. In 2004, he was the Rapid Response Director for President Bush’s reelection campaign, and had previously worked as a speechwriter for Governors and members of Congress.
Matt holds a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he was selected as the teaching assistant for former GE chairman Jack Welch.
Matt lives in Virginia with his wife Amy and their two children, Jack and Poppy. You can follow him on Twitter @MattMcDonaldHPS