Gary MacDougal's Bio

Gary MacDougal served as CEO of a Fortune 1000 company for 17 years, was a partner of McKinsey & Company, served as General Director of the New York City Ballet and was Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. He was also Assistant Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor in the ’88 Bush campaign and was appointed by the President to serve as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations. He is Founder and a Director of the $400 million America for Bulgaria Foundation, Advisory Director of Saratoga Partners LLC, an advisor to governors on state human services reform and a writer and speaker on government reform and personal development.

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Public Policy/Welfare Reform

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A Spectacular Breakthrough in the Fight Against Poverty
(St. Martin's Press-2000, paperback-2005)

"In this interesting book, Gary MacDougal goes well beyond analysis and theory. His story takes you directly to the people and communities involved, and it actually provides practical answers to some of our most difficult welfare problems. The whole country can learn from this timely and engaging new book."
William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

At UPS we’ve been lucky to hire sixty thousand former welfare recipients and we’re a better company because of them. 'Make a Difference' is a lively, example-filled story that shows how this works—a fascinating read for anyone."
Mike Eskew, CEO, United Parcel Service

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Review Quotes

True inspiration and must read for the upcoming election.

Siqi Chen March 7, 2015

He did make a difference!

Anna Basel March 10, 2012

Redeeming McKinsey? Here's how the smartest guys in the room can scale social good

Elsie Maio March 2, 2012

Belying the Myths

Linda Mills February 25, 2000

A Heart-Warming Success Story

Robert Marik February 8, 2000