Government, Municipal & Education


Conway MacKenzie’s Government, Municipal & Education Industry group advises and enables Federal, State, and Local governments to drive efficiencies that yield improved quality services for citizens while saving precious budget dollars. The team offers the perspective of having served in government as well as serving government.

We also advise higher education institutions on performance improvement, admissions/yield management, market positioning, operational transformation, budgeting, and crisis management.

We approach our engagements from a purely fact-driven, economic analysis. We counsel our clients on the implications of policy choices, rather than recommend policy. And above all, we are mindful of the “headline risk” in the counsel we provide and will work with our clients in mitigating that risk.

Our service offerings range from performance improvement consulting to fiscal distress and crisis management:

  • Cash management & budgeting
  • Long-term strategic planning
  • Economic development
  • Management / Labor negotiations
  • Asset management and re-positioning
  • Process transformation
  • Project management
  • Information technology
  • Supply chain
  • Cyber-security
  • Change management
  • Pension innovation

Conway MacKenzie has served governments and other stakeholders in the largest municipal fiscal crises of the last ten years. We have faced the tough challenges of restoring services, restructuring operations, and negotiating with creditors. We bring a fresh, calm perspective and the necessary resources to leaders who need information and analysis to make decisions and implement action.

Don MacKenzie, Senior Managing Director
Andy Dillon, Executive Director – Practice Leader

Tim Stallkamp
Senior Managing Director
Andy Dillon
Executive Director
Jeff Perea
Managing Director
Aurelio Garcia-Miro
Senior Managing Director
Don MacKenzie
Senior Managing Director
Tim Ahlberg
Glenn Kushiner
Managing Director
Brandon Toy
Pedro Soto
Managing Director
Jesse York
Managing Director
  Kevin Hand
Managing Director
  Raphael Di Napoli
Managing Director
Michael Imber
Managing Director
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The Engagement

Conway MacKenzie served as the operational restructuring advisory to the City of Detroit with $2.5 billion in revenue and $18 billion in liabilities.

Our Role

Conway MacKenzie assisted the municipality in evaluating, developing, negotiating and executing the short and long-term operational restructuring actions the Municipality undertook to achieve improved service delivery, structural cost savings, enhanced revenue generation and eliminating the deficit. Key areas of focus for Conway MacKenzie included: (1) General Fund departments with significant revenues, expenditures, and/or outstanding A/R balances, (2) Enterprise Fund departments with significant subsidies from the General Fund, (3) common processes impacting departments across the Municipality (e.g. collections, finance, treasury, IT, HR, etc.), (4) redundancies across departments/agencies.

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