Director of Special ProjectsOffice: Boston Year: 2019
Mike Silvestri is director of special projects at Social Finance. He supports the CEO in advancing the firm’s strategic initiatives, with a focus on expanding career impact bonds and other innovative social investment models.
Prior to joining Social Finance, Mike served on the Strategic Operations team within the Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, spearheading numerous efforts to improve service delivery across the Commonwealth. Before that, Mike worked as a social impact consultant at FSG, where he helped corporations, foundations, and nonprofits develop strategies to solve systemic social challenges spanning health, education, and economic mobility. He brings extensive experience in the design, implementation, and scaling of education and workforce programs. Prior to FSG, Mike began his career as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, where he advised Fortune 500 clients in addressing a range of strategic and operational issues across the energy, retail, and healthcare industries. Mike has founded and currently helps lead an NGO that provides education, leadership development, and college preparation to thousands of South African township youth.
Mike has a joint MPP/MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. He has received numerous awards for his leadership at the intersection of business and public service, including the Zuckerman Fellowship, Dukakis Fellowship, Harvey Fellowship, Rock Summer Fellowship, George Fellowship, and HBS Leadership Fellowship. He received his BA in Economics with Honors from Harvard College.