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John Kania

Managing Director

With thirty years of experience advising senior management on issues of strategy, leadership, assessment, and organizational development, John Kania has led dozens of strategic planning and evaluation efforts for foundations, nonprofits, and corporations. Client activity includes significant experience in education, economic and community development, health care, and the environment. He has also been a leader in FSG’s intellectual capital development related to catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, shared value, and systems change. John writes and has been published regularly in venues such as The Stanford Social Innovation Review and speaks frequently around the world on accelerating social change.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, John was a partner at both Mercer Management Consulting and Corporate Decisions, Inc., where he led strategy engagements with clients in education, health care, and media. He began his professional career at Leo Burnett Company, a global advertising agency.


  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, MBA
  • Dartmouth College, BA, cum laude

On working at FSG

“What floats my boat is getting people, organizations, and communities to change for the better. It’s a privilege to be at an organization like FSG that stakes its success on helping great leaders develop strategies to change their corner of the world—whatever that corner may be. 100% of our people have a passion for social change. They also love to work on big, hairy, gnarly problems. It’s a rare combination that—when fueled by smarts, tenacity, and good humor—makes for an incredibly stimulating work environment. I am constantly ‘blown away’ by the quality of thought and action from my colleagues.”