Jake Bryant is a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he helps lead the education practice for North America. Jake’s client service and research focuses on improving the performance of education institutions and systems, with a particular emphasis on improving access, persistence, and learning outcomes for historically disadvantaged and underserved students. Over the course of his career, he has worked with over 300 education organizations in 35 countries and 30 US states, including many of the leading public and private universities, school districts, technology companies, non-profit organizations, philanthropists, and investors.
Recently, Jake’s work has focused in particular on helping US school districts respond to and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, including to mitigate delayed learning and support students’ mental and physical health.
Prior to returning to McKinsey in 2013, Jake served as a program officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he launched and led an investment portfolio in their US education division. He began his career as a middle school teacher, first in Yokohama, Japan and later in Los Angeles, California. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, son, and daughter.