Lynn Taliento | Board Chair

Lynn Taliento

Partner | McKinsey & Company, Social Sector Practice | Washington, DC

Experience Highlights

Lynn Taliento leads McKinsey Social Sector Practice in the Americas. The practice focuses on strategic philanthropy, economic development, global public health, and education. Lynn works with private foundations, corporations, and development agencies to design innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions to social issues. She specializes in strategic planning, leadership, organizational design, board governance, and advocacy strategies. Her work has taken her around the globe, where she has advised high-profile social-advocacy campaigns and developed a five-year strategy for one of the world’s largest international development organizations. She also led McKinsey’s pro bono work in Haiti, designing mechanisms for the government to absorb and manage the massive inflow of aid that followed the earthquake of 2010, as well as protocols that ensured that vital medical supplies made their way into the country.

Lynn drives McKinsey’s knowledge agenda in the social sector, building a robust collection of tools and resources to support the work of global nonprofits and philanthropies. She conceived, in partnership with Venture Philanthropy Partners, the Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool, an instrument for nonprofits to measure operational capability and identify areas for improvement.

Fluent in Spanish, Lynn spent four years in McKinsey’s Mexico City office. She serves on a number of boards including, the STARS Foundation, and the Malala Fund.

She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

Commitment to

"Access to safe water and sanitation is absolutely essential to making lasting progress on all aspects of human development. has a unique focus on genuine community leadership and on creating a new market for WaterCredit, so that we can get more people access to water and sanitation more quickly, and see these investments sustained over time. I’m excited to be part of furthering’s mission to make global access to two of life’s most basic necessities a reality."


John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, MPP

Yale University, BA

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