Department of Economics

Greta Bernard Macdonald

  • Graduated: 1999
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant, Government

Greta Bernard Macdonald(opens in new window), who graduated with her BA in Economics in 1999, is director for public and non-profit sectors at Marcias Gini and O’Connell(opens in new window) LLP.  After graduation Greta enrolled in the Master of Public Administration(opens in new window) program at the University of Southern California(opens in new window) and while working on her degree she accepted a position as a consultant with Macias Gini and O’Connell in Los Angeles, California.  She completed her MPA in 2002.  Greta was promoted to manager in MGO’s Advisory Services in 2011 and to director in2019.

Greta is an experienced management consultant and audit professional with a wide range of experience working with a variety of clients in the public and non-profit sectors, including healthcare and transportation. She has performed dozens of operational, performance, and compliance audits of public agencies, non-profit organizations, municipal governments, public hospitals and health plans. Greta has developed audit guidelines, designed, administered and analyzed the results of questionnaires, case studies, and structured interviews.

"I do remember loving my public finance course, taught by Bob Fischer, who inspired me to go on to get a master's in public administration," Greta stated in a recent email.  "As a government consultant, at a high level, we are constantly advising our clients about how to efficiently and effectively allocate scarce resources, be it funds, staffing or infrastructure. Or sometimes, if it's an internal audit rather than a consulting project, we identify where there are weaknesses in a process, program, or department, which is impacts efficiency or effectiveness. I enjoy connecting with clients and providing them with solutions that focus on improving outcomes."  (Last Updated 4/26/19)