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Byron Auguste

Venture Partner, Education

Byron Auguste is a Venture Partner in the Education Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Mr. Byron Auguste served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, where his policy portfolio included job creation and labor markets, skills and workforce policies, innovation, investment, infrastructure, transportation and goods movement.

Prior, Auguste was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he worked for 20 years in leadership positions serving clients in technology & communications, information & media, services-based businesses, education, economic development, and innovation.  He led McKinsey’s High Tech Services Sector, and the global Social Sector.

He co-authored several McKinsey Global Institute reports, including Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce, Growth and Renewal in the United States: Retooling America’s Economic Engine, An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future, and Help Wanted: the Future of Work in Advanced Economies.

Mr. Auguste is the co-founder of Opportunity@Work, a civic enterprise which aims to re-wire the U.S. labor market in ways that enable more Americans to achieve upward mobility in the job market and workplace, to facilitate collective investment by employers to develop the talent they need to succeed and grow, and to scale up promising innovations which unlock more fully the potential of all people for higher-value, meaningful work as a source of economic opportunity and national competitive advantage.

Until his appointment at the White House, Auguste was active in several not-for-profit organizations, serving as board chairman of Hope Street Group, and as a member of the boards of trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and as a member of the boards of trustees Yale University.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Mr. Auguste earned a BA summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale University, where he was awarded a Truman Scholarship and the James Gordon Bennet Prize, as well as a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, as a Marshall Scholar.

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