Luke Arnesen worked with Civic Consulting Alliance from January to March 2019 as a fellow from CIBC. Shintaro Masuno worked with Civic Consulting Alliance from February to March 2019 as a fellow from Protiviti.
What project work were you involved in during your time at the Civic Consulting Alliance?
During my three months at Civic Consulting Alliance, I worked on the City finances workstream of the Mayoral Transition Acceleration project. I helped build financial models that projected the budgets of the City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, and Chicago Public Schools. I also did financial analyses and formulated recommendations that will inform the new Mayor’s transition planning.
Over the past month and a half, I've worked on the Mayoral Transition Acceleration project. I was able to leverage my background in data analytics to prototype an executive dashboard to provide the new Mayor a concise, real-time snapshot of key metrics and messages across city agencies and topics.
What will you take away from your time at Civic Consulting?
It's been rewarding to work on a project that helps identify and address the financial challenges facing Chicago. Additionally, your bright, driven, and dedicated staff made my time memorable. I look forward to staying in touch and keeping up to date on everyone's impactful work.
The people I worked with made a big impression on me. Everyone is unbelievably qualified and dedicated to the organization’s mission, and very friendly as well. It's been a privilege for me to be able to work alongside such talented people at Civic Consulting Alliance.
What was your most memorable experience during your time at Civic Consulting?
At one point, I was able to discuss municipal finances with a former Deputy Mayor of Chicago. His insights into how Chicago finances work was fascinating and eye-opening. Being able to hear about his experiences working in City government provided valuable context to Chicago’s financial situation.
In March, I attended two events that featured the Mayoral runoff candidates, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. The proximity I felt to Chicago’s key decision-makers through moments like these had a profound effect on me. Experiences like this made Chicago feel like a tight-knit community, and made me feel empowered as a resident able to be part of the solution to problems facing our city.
How has your time at Civic Consulting helped you develop professionally?
Serving as a Civic Consulting Alliance fellow helped me develop a new set of skills and a deeper appreciation for the complexity and value of public sector work. I plan to put this newfound experience to use when working with private sector CIBC clients.
My time here gave me the opportunity to work with incredibly talented and dedicated professionals who focus primarily on public sector work, which is largely disjointed from the quantitative finance field that I specialize in. It was a chance for me to appreciate the breadth of problems that management consultants seek to solve, and to gain perspective on the range of approaches that the industry applies.
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