Meet Our Team

Through the Center for Illinois' Future, BCG’s experienced network of senior leaders demonstrates proven experience in the challenges Chicago and Illinois face in education, economic development, public safety, community development, and other vital issues. Here, we highlight a sampling of their experience and the philosophies that guide them.

When we’re doing our best work at BCG, we are changing the world. When we do social impact work, it has that much more meaning. I’ve found it personally fulfilling to apply BCG’s skills and capabilities to help organizations making a difference in the community.

Marin Gjaja
Managing Director & Senior Partner

The social impact projects that we do are, for me, some of our most important work. They affect matters that directly improve the lives of the adults and children in our communities.

Justin Manly
Managing Director & Partner

I’m lucky and blessed to do a job that I’m passionate about—one that allows me to take BCG’s approach and apply it to the community I live in. At BCG, I strive to make the education system better, improve health care access, and shape the civic environment into something more collaborative and coordinated.

Michelle Stohlmeyer Russell
Managing Director & Senior Partner

I’m very passionate about the Latino community, and BCG’s social impact work is a great way of giving back. I’ve found it extremely rewarding. With this work, I know that I’m changing the lives of people in the communities that I’m a part of.

Nicolas Catoggio
Managing Director & Partner

It’s really inspiring to see that when I give to the community, what I get back is so much greater. Even when it’s a long journey to get results, I get a lot of satisfaction from this work. It’s a fight that people have to keep fighting.

John Garabedian
Senior Advisor

BCG has shown me how important business skills are in a nonprofit and public sector context. In our social impact work, BCG always takes on projects that are challenging and make a real difference.

Kedra Newsom
Managing Director & Partner

I’m inspired by BCG’s work in education, transportation, and health care, which are sectors critical to overall well-being. I strive to bring the best of BCG to support passionate and talented leaders as they drive positive change in our neighborhoods, cities, states, and the world at large.

Tejus Kothari
Managing Director & Partner

BCG sits at the intersection of the public, private, and social sectors, enabling me to work on some of the toughest strategic issues in each area. We’re in a unique position to support new collaborations and ideas that will deliver the next generation of global solutions.

Shalini Unnikrishnan
Managing Director & Partner

Social Impact Leaders

  • Parts-and-services strategies
  • Growth and business unit strategy
  • Rotating machinery
  • Oil and gas
  • Go-to-market strategy
  • Organizational design
  • Consumer goods—growth strategy and brand strategy
  • Social impact focus: strategic planning, government transition
  • Social impact
  • Nonprofit management
  • Strategic planning
  • Growth strategy in banking
  • Digital growth strategy
  • Brand positioning
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Large-scale transformation
  • Project management office
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Sales force efficiency
  • Leads BCG's work in sales in North America
  • Sales transformation
  • BCG TURN—turnaround, restructuring, and transformation
  • Go-to-market (GTM)
  • Agency transformation
  • PreK-12 and higher-education strategic planning
  • Digital education and innovation
  • Transportation system visioning and strategy
  • Growth strategy
  • Innovation
  • Transformation
  • Merger integration
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Back-office operations
  • Microeconomic insight
  • Data transparency
  • Consumer goods
  • Retail
  • Sales and marketing organization
  • Marketing efficiency and effectiveness
  • Change management
  • Strategy
  • Health care provider systems
  • Social impact focus: education, community development
  • Social impact
  • Humanitarian crisis response and pandemics
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Economic development
Center for Illinois' Future