Eric Braverman

Professor, Yale School of Management
President, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group

Bringing Innovation to Government.

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One of the "40 Under 40 Most Influential Leaders" in business and international development

Eric Braverman makes the case that only rapid, bold innovation will allow today's governments to meet the needs of the people. Whether tested by unique, disruptive moments — such as major national disasters or international crises — or simply compelled by the everyday demands of a 21st Century citizenry, public administrations must embrace transformative changes in order to continue to provide essential services within a reality of limited resources.

He is the President of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group where he oversees their philanthropic and non-investment efforts. From 2013-15 he served as the CEO of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Eric is an expert on civic engagement and the transformation of complex public institutions. Co-founder and partner of McKinsey & Company's public sector practice, he opened the consultancy's Washington, D.C. office to counsel heads of state and former presidents, cabinet secretaries, civil service officials, and business leaders.

Drawing on his expertise in management, public policy and law, with examples from a career built on re-engineering government practices, Eric lays out an "innovation imperative." Describing strategies and tactics such as leveraging technologies and information, simplifying procedures, crowdsourcing public feedback, and forming unique partnerships, he demonstrates ways in which the public sector can work together with the private sector and/or the populace to revolutionize its systems and improve the lives of citizens around the globe.

Eric's consultative engagements ranged from leading Haiti's earthquake recovery commission, to helping an international NGO build alliances with technology partners for a worldwide campaign to reduce disease, to facilitating hundreds of millions of dollars in government cost savings via productivity improvements. He was instrumental in developing a worldwide network of innovators in 40 countries and, with Princeton University, launched the world's first free, public and open repository of civic innovation.

Currently a Senior Fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Braverman lectures on innovation in government and society at Yale School of Management and Yale Law School. He has taught at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government, and has lectured at Open Government Partnership, World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, and Excellence in Government. He has been named one of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Leaders in business and in international development, by Fortune Magazine.