Byron Auguste

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Born (1967-09-15) September 15, 1967 (age 56)
London, England
CitizenshipUnited kingdom
  • Economist
  • Co-founder
OrganizationOpportunity Work
Spouse(s)Emily Bloomfield

Dr. Byron Gerald Auguste (O’Geest; born September 15, 1967) is an economist and the co-founder and CEO of Opportunity@Work, a Washington, D.C.-based civic enterprise focused on restructuring the labor market. From 2013 to 2015, he served under President Obama as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council (NEC).

Personal Life

Auguste was born in London, England. He is married to Emily Bloomfield and together they have three children. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1987, where he received a B.A. in economics and political science. For his undergraduate efforts, he was awarded the Marshall Scholarship as well as the Truman Scholarship. Subsequently, he studied at Oxford University, where he earned an MPhil. in economics and a DPhil in economics.


After graduating from Oxford, Auguste joined McKinsey & Company in 1993. He led the firm’s high tech services sector from 2002 to 2006, and its global social sector from 2007 to 2012. In 2005, he became the first African American Director at McKinsey & Company. In 2012, he left the firm to join the Obama Administration, where, from 2013 to 2015, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. After leaving the Obama White House, Auguste co-founded Opportunity@Work, where he currently serves as CEO[1]. He has served on the board of the Hewlett Foundation, as a trustee of the Yale Corporation[2], and on the advisory board at the Center for American Progress.


  • “The Economics of International Payments Unions and Clearing Houses,”[3] Macmillan
  • Press (UK) and St. Martin’s Press (US), 1997
  • “A Revolution in Interaction,” McKinsey Quarterly, Spring 1997 (co-authored)
  • “What’s So New About Globalization,” New Perspectives Quarterly, Spring 1998
  • “Winning in a Wireless World,” Telecom Business, Fall 1998 (co-authored)
  • “The Other Side of Outsourcing” McKinsey Quarterly, Fall 2001 (co-authored)
  • “Building the Opportunity Economy,” Hope Street Group, 2003 (co-authored)
  • “The Biggest Tax is Debt,” Boston Globe Op-Ed, Nov. 3, 2003 (with Mark Strama)
  • “Services Strategy for Product Companies,” McKinsey Quarterly, Spring 2006
  • “The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools,” April 2009
  • “Changing the Fortunes of America’s Workforce” (co-authored), MGI, June 2009


  1. "Byron Auguste". New America. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  2. "Statement from President Salovey on Appointment of Corporation Fellow Byron Auguste to NEC". YaleNews. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  3. Auguste, Byron (1997). The Economics of International Payments Unions and Clearing Houses. MacMillan Press. ISBN 9780333631300.

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