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2004 - Allison Barmann

For the past three years, Allison Barmann has been directing the Itasca Project for McKinsey & Company, where she works with local CEOs and civic leaders to improve the regional competitiveness and quality of life in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region.

As a Project Manager, she helps this virtual organization tackle education, job growth, infrastructure, and other civic issues to directly impact their local community.  For example, to improve the quality of education for Minneapolis public schools, they developed a strategic plan for the district, and are now offering support and guidance to the schools as they implement the plan. 

Managing the Itasca Project allows Alli to both embrace her interest in the social sector as well as reduce the travel required of a typical consultant – giving her more time to focus on her 3-year-old twins and infant child. 

Alli received a Bachelor’s of Science from MIT, and started her career as an engineer at 3M.  However, she wanted a smaller, entrepreneurial environment, so she joined a startup in San Francisco, where she found her interest in business and marketing.  To further develop her business skills, she earned her MBA at Kellogg.

Her family keeps her busy, but she’s looking forward to getting back on her bicycle for endurance rides.  After business school, she and her husband rode on a 1200-mile, 3-week trip from the coast of Oregon to Montana following the Lewis & Clark trail.   While they’re not planning yet another long journey, they participate in an annual 150-mile, 2-day trip to support multiple sclerosis research.