Jack McDougle, Greater Washington Board of Trade

Jack McDougle is a champion of innovation-friendly and collaborative cultures; working with business, government and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years to develop and implement breakthrough ideas that create sustainable competitive advantage. He focuses teams to thrive in complex environments, think with a global perspective and flexibly adapt to change while generating creative, viable approaches to challenging situations.

Jack founded Blutre Strategies in 2009 as a personal initiative to drive innovation and improve quality of life through economic capacity building, both in the U.S. and globally. One of his projects included serving as Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness where he engaged more than 150 CEO’s, university presidents and labor leaders to formulate and lead a National Manufacturing Initiative - convening key thought leaders across the U.S. to construct strategies and programs enhancing U.S.manufacturing, increasing exports and creating jobs. This bipartisan public policy agenda was shared with officials and business leaders throughout the country.

Prior to Blutre, Jack served as Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S.Department of Commerce where he successfully helped lead turn-around efforts for the$2 billion 2010 Census Automation Program. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for IndustryAnalysis, he worked collaboratively with government agencies and the private sector to minimize the negative impacts of proposed regulations to the aerospace, energy, manufacturing, and construction industries. Jack also led global strategy and communications planning to advance U.S. export programs; directed analyses leading toCongressional approval of various trade agreements and supported trade missions ranging from Azerbaijan and Kuwait to China and India. While at the U.S. Department ofState, Jack helped build and lead components of the U.S. hosted G8 Summit at SeaIsland, GA.

In the private sector, at People’s United Bank, Jack was chosen by the CEO to implement a strategic business process, integrated with human resources and financial planning, which resulted in increased sales, customer retention, and profitability. He formulated new organizational change and talent performance concepts to enrich corporate culture and broaden decision-making parameters.

Jack regularly discusses economic, business, manufacturing, and trade issues with senior government and industry officials as well as presenting at various meetings and events. He’s been featured on PBS NewsHour and in numerous print publications. Jack earned his M.B.A. in strategy and finance at Northeastern University in Boston,Massachusetts.

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