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Jon Spaner is a member of McKinsey & Co’s public sector practice based in Washington, DC.

Previously, Jon served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years holding the rank of Captain (O-6) and leading two Major Commands at the US Department of Homeland Security: Sector Commander and Captain of the Port of San Diego, California, as well as Commanding Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan. He has held senior pilot ratings in the C-130 aircraft and H-60/65 helicopters during earlier tours in California, Florida, and Oregon.

At the US Department of Defense, Jon also served as Strategic Policy Advisor to the Four-Star General responsible for military operations in the U.S. Central Command region which included the Middle East, Levant, Central Asian States, and Horn of Africa. Moreover, he was Director of Port/Cargo Security on the White House staff.

Jon holds an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), M.S. in Management from Purdue University, and B.S. from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he served as the Regimental Commander. Jon is a Distinguished Graduate from U.S. Naval Pilot Training in Pensacola, Florida, and a 2013 alumnus of Harvard University’s U.S.-Russia Security Program. Jon is a former International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, former Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and a former White House Fellow.

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