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Shannon Bouton

President & CEO


Shannon is a scientist, environmentalist, and business strategist, who has dedicated her career to creating a more sustainable future for people and planet. As the CEO of Delterra, Shannon spearheads the organization’s vision to have lasting and substantial impact on complex sustainability challenges.

Before joining Delterra, Shannon led, the private corporate foundation of McKinsey & Company, where she conceived and incubated Rethinking Recycling, now Delterra’s flagship initiative. Over the three years Rethinking Recycling was part of, it operated in Argentina and Indonesia where it improved the livelihoods of more than 450 waste workers, many of them women, and achieved higher recycling rates than those of most US cities.

A field biologist by training, with a PhD in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan, Shannon spent her early career working on wildlife conservation in the Brazilian Pantanal and the Florida Everglades. From there she went on to work at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company where she was a founder and leader of the firm’s Sustainability Practice, the Cities Special Initiative, and the founding COO of the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment. Over her 15 years with McKinsey & Company, Shannon served a range of public- and private-sector clients on buildings energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and published numerous reports and papers on sustainability.

Raised hopping around the world, Shannon holds dual Brazilian and U.S. citizenship. She now lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. Shannon is never happier than when she is exploring the natural world – whether it be the woods and lakes of Michigan or the coral reefs of South East Asia.

Published Work

Urban commercial transport and the future of mobility

McKinsey & Company | September 13, 2017

The future(s) of mobility: How cities can benefit

McKinsey & Company | June 20, 2017

An integrated perspective on the future of mobility

McKinsey & Company | October 10, 2016

Urban mobility at a tipping point

McKinsey & Company | September 1, 2015

Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great

McKinsey & Company | June 1, 2015

How to make a city great

McKinsey & Company | September 1, 2013

New models for sustainable growth in emerging market cities (PDF)

McKinsey on Sustainability and Resource Productivity | Summer 2012

Emerging-market cities could set a new standard for sustainable development

Chapter in The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy, Local Sustainability, Vol. 3. Simpson, R. and M. Zimmermann (Eds.) | 2012