Stephanie Carlton is a Partner based in McKinsey & Company’s Dallas Office with unique experience across three dimensions of U.S. healthcare - business, policy, and clinical. She leads McKinsey’s Center for US Health System Reform, which advises clients in navigating a complex, ever-evolving regulatory landscape.
Carlton is a registered nurse, having completed a fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She spent more than a decade in public service, including as:
- A senior Republican Professional Staff on the powerful U.S. Senate Finance Committee, crafting a major Medicaid policy reform with 32 governors and overseeing implementation of the Affordable Care Act
- Principal health advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s 2016 Presidential campaign, releasing reform proposals the Wall Street Journal described as “by far the most thoughtful policy proposals with the best chance of being implemented”
- A health policy advisor to Republican Senate leadership member John Cornyn (R-TX) and to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee member Tom Coburn (R-OK)
- Advisor on the official Romney Readiness Project of 2012
Carlton has served on the boards of the Health Care Cost Institute and the University of Texas McCombs Alumni Association, as well as on the Steering Committee of Ignite Healthcare. She began her career in healthcare at the age of 13 – volunteering with her father, a now retired Air Force trauma surgeon, on humanitarian medical trips to austere regions of Mexico.