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Buttigieg Releases List Of McKinsey Clients

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The Buttigieg campaign released information about the clients Pete Buttigieg worked for when he was at McKinsey.

His campaign released the details Tuesday evening while the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, attended a fundraiser on Park Avenue in Manhattan. It was the first event on a five-day fundraising swing that features 10 meetings with big donors, and the first time Buttigieg allowed the media to cover fundraising events that had been previously kept secret.

Below is the timeline provided by the campaign in a statement released to the media. 


Timeline of Pete Buttigieg’s work as an Associate at McKinsey & Company


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan - Working in Michigan for his first study, he worked on a project for the non-profit health insurance provider for approximately three months. He was assigned to a team that looked at overhead expenditures such as rent, utilities, and company travel. The project he was assigned to did not involve policies, premiums, or benefits. Because this was his first client study, it largely involved on-the-job training to develop skills in the use of spreadsheets and presentation software.


  • Loblaw’s - Working in the Toronto area, he served a grocery and retail chain for approximately six months. While there, he analyzed the effects of price cuts on various combinations of items across their hundreds of stores.

  • Best Buy - Working in Chicago for approximately three months, he served a division of Best Buy on a project to investigate opportunities for selling more energy-efficient home products in their stores. 

  • He stepped away from the firm during the late summer and fall of 2008 to help full-time with a Democratic campaign for governor in Indiana, returning after the election.


  • Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, other nonprofit environmental groups, and several utility companies - Working mostly in Connecticut, he worked on a project co-sponsored by several groups to research opportunities to combat climate change through energy efficiency. This work was published as a report entitled “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy”, which is publicly available at [link] and includes the full list of co-sponsors. He worked on this project from the winter of 2008 through spring of 2009.


  • The Energy Foundation - Working mostly in California, he served an environmental nonprofit group on a study to research opportunities in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • U.S. Department of Defense - Working in Washington with visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, he served on a project for roughly three months focused on increasing employment and entrepreneurship in those countries’ economies.


  • U.S. Postal Service - Working in Washington, he served the United States Postal Service working to identify and analyze potential new sources of revenue. This study, which lasted a few months, was his last study while at McKinsey.

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