Shannon Bouton

President & CEO
Shannon Bouton, PhD, Global Executive Director headshot
Shannon is a scientist, environmentalist, and business strategist, who has dedicated her career to creating a more sustainable future for people and planet. As the President & CEO of, Shannon spearheads the organization’s vision to have lasting and substantial impact on complex sustainability challenges.

A field biologist by training, and with a PhD in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan, Shannon spent her early career working directly with grassroots communities on conservation in Brazil.

Prior to joining in 2018, Shannon spent 12 years at McKinsey & Company, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. While at McKinsey & Company, Shannon helped to launch the firm’s Sustainability practice. Notably, in her work with the Cities Special Initiative, Shannon helped develop tools to enable cities to improve economic development, climate action planning, service delivery, transportation and organizational performance.

Published Work How financial innovation could ease the plastic-pollution problem Greenbiz, November 2018 A strategic approach to climate action in cities—focused acceleration McKinsey & Company, November 2017 Public–private collaborations for transforming urban mobility McKinsey & Company, November 2017 Urban commercial transport and the future of mobility McKinsey & Company, September 2017 Technology is changing transportation, and cities should adapt Harvard Business Review, September 2017 The future(s) of mobility: How cities can benefit McKinsey & Company, June 2017 An integrated perspective on the future of mobility McKinsey & Company, October 2016 How to keep cities moving: Ideas for America’s urban leaders McKinsey & Company, July 2016 Urban mobility at a tipping point McKinsey & Company, September 2015 Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great McKinsey & Company, June 2015 Building the cities of the future with green districts McKinsey & Company, May 2015 Capturing efficiencies through smart technologies: Smart data-driven solutions are allowing cities to do more with less (PDF) McKinsey on Government, 2014 How to make a city great McKinsey & Company, September 2013 New models for sustainable growth in emerging market cities (PDF) McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity, Summer 2012 Emerging-market cities could set a new standard for sustainable development Chapter in The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy, Local Sustainability, Vol. 3. Simpson, R. and M. Zimmermann (Eds.), 2012