A public sector executive with experience leading change at the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and McKinsey & Company
Summary Jonathan Fantini Porter is a public sector executive with experience in the Executive Office of the President at the White House, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and both chambers of the U.S. Congress. Now an expert at McKinsey & Company, he advises governments and social sector organizations on their pressing strategic challenges. Jonathan is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown University. He serves as an associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, member of the UN Refugee Agency’s U.S. advisory board, and chairman of the social change center Common Progress—a non-profit that develops tech-driven change initiatives advancing representative democracy, economic inclusion, and cohesive communities. He is a volunteer mentor with the youth development non-profit YearUp. Experience Jonathan currently serves as an expert consultant at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he advises governments and private firms on strategy, risk, and organizational change—advising government and industry leaders with strategic decision making and transformations. In managing the firm’s security practice, Jonathan supports organizations across sustainable security, including cybersecurity, migration and refugee integration, counter-terrorism, trade/customs, and policing among others. Prior to McKinsey, in government, Jonathan advanced national policy in the Executive Office of the President at the White House during the Obama Administration where he focused on national security efforts, including strategic planning and inter-agency coalitions to counter transnational criminal organizations. At the White House, Jonathan oversaw management of a $6 billion budget and 22,000 personnel in 48 countries at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as chief of staff for management of the Department’s primary investigative branch. In this role, he was involved in a number of leading national security efforts in counter-terrorism, customs and export enforcement, cybersecurity, and migration, among others. Jonathan was a senior congressional staffer in both chambers of Congress. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he specialized in security and economic policy as policy director to a member of the House Armed Services committee. In the U.S. Senate, he supported senior members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension. In the social sector, Jonathan serves on the UN Refugee Agency’s U.S. advisory board (UNHCR) and as an associate fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He has been affiliated with the Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution's Brookings Society, and Intelligence and National Security Alliance's Homeland Security Working Group. Since 2017, Jonathan has served as chairman of the Board of Directors at the social change center Common Progress (www.commonprogress.org)—a non-profit organization that develops tech-driven change initiatives advancing representative democracy, economic inclusion, and cohesive communities. Jonathan has received commendations from the U.S. Congress, California Assembly, and Republic of Panama, and Lions Club International, among others. Forbes magazine named him one of "the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents." and was named a Small Business Champion of the Year by a leading government innovation center. Jonathan received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in international affairs and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He speaks Spanish and German.