Lecturer in Strategic Management
Lafayette Partners Lecturer for 2013-2014
Phone: (650) 724-0126
Academic Areas: Center for Leadership Development and Research
William F. Meehan III is the Lafayette Partners Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Meehan is a regular writer and speaker on nonprofit strategy, governance, performance measurement, philanthropy and the role of the internet and impact investing. At Stanford, he is a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Philanthropy and the Civil Society and a member of the Arts Initiative Council. He is a just retired Board member of Guidestar, a long-time Governor of the San Francisco Symphony, a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment Board and a member of the North American Council of Ashoka. He is leading an initiative and working group on frontier markets private equity as part of the recently launched Stanford Institute for Innovation in the Developing Economies (SEED). He teaches strategy in various other programs, including the Stanford Leadership Program. He is a Special Advisor to GiveDirectly, Embrace and Equal Opportunity Schools.
He is former Chair and Board member of the United Way of the Bay Area, a former member of the Boards of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Fordham Prep, and a former member of the California Roundtable.
Mr. Meehan retired in December 2008 after over 30 years at McKinsey & Company where his focus was working with chief executives and senior leaders in technology, private equity, retail, financial services, and media on topics of top management strategy, organization, and leadership, including mentoring more than a dozen new CEOs in shaping their agendas.
In addition to his service to clients, he held many leadership roles with the Firm. As a member of the Shareholders Council, McKinsey’s board, he was Chair of the Client Committee and Chair of the McKinsey Investment Office, which oversees more than $5 billion in investments. He was also Vice-Chair of the Directors Review Committee, Founder and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice; Chair of the West Coast Practice, and Managing Director of the San Francisco Office.
He is currently a Director of Juniper Networks, Big Switch and Westward Leaning.
MBA, Stanford Univ., 1978; BA, Columbia Univ.
At Stanford since 1998. Director McKinsey & Company, Inc., 1978-2008.
- Fundamentals Not Fads: Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014
- The Rise of Social Capital Market Intermediaries: Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012
- Making Markets Work for Philanthropy: Podcast: Stanford Social Innovation Review , 2009
- Curbing Mission Creep: Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2008
- The Ratings Game: Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2005
- Investing in Society: Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2004
- What Venture Trends Can Tell You: Harvard Business Review, 2003
- Reinventing Philanthropy: McKinsey Quarterly, 2001
- For Charities, Performance is the New Ethic (with Les Silverman): Leader to Leader, 2001
- A Hard and Soft Look at IT Investments: McKinsey Quarterly, 4, 1998
- Escaping the IT Abyss: McKinsey Quarterly, 1997
- Six Principles of High-Performance IT: McKinsey Quarterly, 3, 1997
- Marketing Excellence in Retail Organizations: Internal McKinsey Knowledgebase (IT, Organization, Governance), 1997
- SI11: Quest Scholars Program
- SI13: Eastside College Preparatory School
- SI83: QuestBridge: A Search for Scale
- SI94C: Joint Venture: Silicon Valley (C)
- SI103: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Portfolio Management In The Nonprofit Sector: Measuring Performance And Optimizing Results Across Multiple Programs
- SI103S: Supplement to Gordon And Betty Moore Foundation Portfolio Management In The Nonprofit Sector: Measuring Performance And Optimizing Results Across Multiple Programs
- SI106A: The San Francisco Foundation: The Dilemma of The Buck Trust (A)
- SI106B: The San Francisco Foundation: The Dilemma of The Buck Trust (B)
- SI107: "Creating An Online Information Marketplace For Giving": The Hewlett Foundation
- SI111: Leadership Public Schools: The Challenges of Real Estate Stability
- SI116: Tipping Point Community
- SI117: National Parks Conservation Association: Public/Private Partnerships
- si122: GiveWell: Real Change for Your Dollar
- SM63: The San Francisco Symphony
- SM64: Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (North America Program)
- SM104: Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- SM139: Acumen Fund and Mytry De-Fluoridation Filter Technologies
- SM141: Note On Issues Facing Nongovernmental Organizations
- SM157: Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
- SM158: Acumen Fund and WaterHealth International: The Role of Venture Philanthropy
- SM159A: Rural Development Institute (A): Should It Tackle the Problem of the Landless Poor in India?
- SM159B: Rural Development Institute (B): Success in India
- SM191: Acumen Fund and Embrace: From the Leading Edge of Social Venture Investing
- SM198: Willow Creek Community Church: What Really Makes a Difference
- SM203: Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
- F278: Asia Alternatives: Approaching the Frontier
- F279: Leopard Capital: Private Equity in Cambodia
- F280: Standard Chartered Private Equity Africa: Value at the Frontier
- F285: Managing for Value at the Global Environment Fund
- F287(A): Citadel Capital (A): Managing for Opportunity and the Unexpected
- F287(B): Citadel Capital (B): Managing for Opportunity and the Unexpected
- F288: IFC and Emerging Market Private Equity
- Board of Directors (Chairman): United Way of the Bay Area (1999 - present)
- Board of Directors: Philanthropic Research Inc. (1999 - present)
- Board of Directors: California Business Roundtable (1999 - present)
- Board of Directors: Fordham Preparatory School (1999 - present)
- Board of Directors: San Francisco Symphony (1999 - present)
- Board of Directors: Committee on Jobs (1999 - present)
In The Media
- Philanthropist Encourages Wealthy to Help United Way, San Francisco Chronicle