MENLO PARK, Calif. – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation today announced the appointment of Byron Auguste to its board of directors.

Auguste, a Yale and Oxford trained economist, is a director in the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

“Byron shares the values of the Hewlett Foundation,’’ said Foundation President Paul Brest.  “His deep understanding of the forces changing society will be invaluable as the board grapples with the most intractable of global and domestic social and environmental problems. We couldn’t be happier that he’s joining us.”

Auguste founded the services sector of McKinsey’s global high tech practice, which helps technology, media, and services companies become more effective through information- and services-based business strategies.  He also helps public sector and non-profit clients improve how they manage the delivery of services.  In addition, he leads the firm’s diversity initiative globally.

Auguste received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science summa cum laude from Yale University, where he was a Truman Scholar, and master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In his work as an economist he has specialized in international finance and development.

He is an active public speaker on the impact of globalization, deregulation, and technological changes on industry structure, corporate strategy, economic opportunity, and public policy.

In addition, Auguste is a co-founder and chairman of Hope Street Group, a non-partisan, non-profit organization which engages a national network of business executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs to develop and promote economic policies to achieve equality of opportunity in a high growth US economy.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the leading international relations organization in the Western United States, and on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1966 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found at