Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Lester P. Silverman, also known as Les, serves as an Adjunct Lecturer of Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Mr. Silverman joined McKinsey in 1982 and served as Head of its Electric Power and Natural Gas practice from 1991 to 1999. From 2000 to 2004, he was the Leader of McKinsey's Global Nonprofit Practice, supporting nonprofit service providers, philanthropies and public sector organizations across its network of 84 offices in 44 countries. Previously, he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Energy from 1980 to 1981 and Director of Policy Analysis in the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1978 to 1980.
He serves as a Trustee of several national and Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit organizations. He has co-authored more than 35 published articles (including pieces in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The McKinsey Quarterly, Leader to Leader, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Electricity Journal and Public Utilities Fortnightly) and professional papers in the fields of energy, economics and nonprofit management. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Administration and Management Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1969, a Master of Science in Industrial Administration in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973.