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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
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

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
Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

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 Russell
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

I think a good leader always balances business and civic interests. To me, living at the intersection of those two spheres is very important. I’m a better decision maker when I’m part of both worlds, and it gives me more perspective when I advise my clients.

Brad Henderson
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

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
Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

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 Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

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
Principal
Chicago

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
Principal
Chicago

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
Partner & Managing Director
Chicago

Social Impact Leaders

Marin Gjaja

Senior Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Education and public safety
  • Funding strategy and organizational design in the public sector
  • Large-scale transformation
  • Project management office
Justin Manly

Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Innovation and R&D
  • Growth strategy
  • Postmerger integration
  • Social impact focus: education, transformation
Michelle Russell

Senior Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Change management
  • Strategy
  • Health care provider systems
  • Social impact focus: education, community development
Brad Henderson

Senior Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Manufacturing
  • Financial services strategy and operations
  • Economic and social development
  • Social impact focus: education, public safety, global affairs, entrepreneurship, interfaith cooperation
Nicolas Catoggio

Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Go-to-market strategy
  • Organizational design
  • Consumer goods—growth strategy and brand strategy
  • Social impact focus: strategic planning, government transition
John Garabedian

Senior Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Growth strategy in banking
  • Wealth management
  • Insurance
  • Social impact focus: economic development, education funding
Kedra Newsom

Principal

Chicago

  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Back-office operations
  • Microeconomic insight
  • Social impact focus: charter school network strategy, teacher professional development, leadership retention, anti-violence initiatives
Tejus Kothari

Principal

Chicago

  • Agency transformation
  • PreK-12 and higher-education strategic planning
  • Digital education and innovation
  • Transportation system visioning and strategy
Shalini Unnikrishnan

Partner & Managing Director

Chicago

  • Public education
  • Global health strategy and humanitarian crisis response
  • Women's empowerment
  • Public policy and economic development
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