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John O'Leary

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John O'Leary heads state and local government research for the Deloitte Center for Government Insights. Before joining Deloitte, he served as vice president of communications for a $600 million digital transformation effort at a leading financial services firm. He also served in several senior leadership roles in Massachusetts state government, including as chief human resources officer.

O'Leary was a distinguished research fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School and is the co-author of the best-selling 2010 book "If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government."

O'Leary received his undergraduate degree in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master's degreee in manufacturing engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

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