Department of Economics

Richard McKinnon

  • Graduated: 1997
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant, Technology

Richard McKinnon, who graduated with a BA degree in Economics in 1997, is CEO of MetaVista Consulting Group (MVC) and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Technology Group (DVBETG) in Sacramento, California. Both firms provide IT (information technology) consulting services for the public and private sectors. Their specialties include project and program management, technology consulting, IT strategic planning, change management, IT implementation services, business analysis, data architecture, data center network and infrastructure training, and IT security consulting.

Richard was recently chosen in December 2015 as the diversity technology owner to work for in Sacramento by Fortune, Money, and Blomberg Magazines.

“Our 18 years of experience consulting in state and local governments afford us a unique perspective on the culture, structure, and human resource challenges of government – allowing us to support the delivery of state and local government technology goals with IT and business expertise. This is illustrated by our proven track record of successfully managing large IT projects,” according to Richard. Before organizing DVBETG and taking over ownership of MVC, Richard was CEO of Technical and Management Staffing Associates in Redding, California for 14 years.

Richard is a volunteer in many organizations including the VetFund Foundation, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Sacramento Children’s Home, American Cancer Society, Living Room Ministries International, CASA, and Foster Youth Education Fund. “I was the first person in the State of California to receive the Purple Heart Gold Coin for my service to the Military Order of the Purple Heart organization, Veterans, and their families.”

“My economics degree helped me get my first job after graduation with a tech company in Irvine. The manager was an econ grad from UCLA, and she wanted me on her team because we both had economic degrees. I did not truly understand how much economics could help until I owned a business. Then I had to start forecasting sales months down the road, because I was responsible for a couple hundred employees and their families. Now I use the tools of economics on a daily basis in my businesses. More than that I learned that Economics is used in EVERY business in the world on a daily basis.”