Bo Kemp

Senior Director


Bo Kemp partners with a national network of advisors, advocates, government and business leaders to help drive growth, tackle major initiatives and boost efficiency in municipalities. Highly experienced in the structuring and execution of public-private partnerships, Bo has a reputation for driving innovation in municipal utilities, public infrastructure, and economic development for "legacy" cities. For the last 15 years, Bo has worked with municipal executives around the country to address some of the hardest to solve problems.

Newark, New Jersey Business Administrator (Chief Operating Officer)

Bo spent the first decade of his professional career in finance with Morgan Stanley and TSG Capital Group, a private equity group. Then, after leading Cory A. Booker’s successful transition to the office of Mayor of Newark, N.J., Bo became the city’s Business Administrator (COO). In his time with Booker (now a U.S. Senator), Bo and the senior leadership team helped Newark evolve from a city close to bankruptcy to a community growing in population for the first time in 40 years.

In this role, Bo oversaw all 5,000 city employees and the operations of the city, including public safety (police and fire), economic development, child and family well-being, public works and administrative services. He also was responsible for all state and federal lobbying, union negotiations, and emergency management/homeland security preparedness.

Senior Advisor to Mayor in Gary, Indiana

After leaving Newark, Bo returned to the private sector until 2011 when another mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana asked him to run her transition and to continue to help lead her effort to reposition Gary for future growth once she took office. Under the direction of the Mayor, Bo developed a strategy to leverage analysis and to present data to secure federal, state and philanthropic grants and to establish partnerships with universities and private companies to initiate major initiatives, including: a $100 million public-private partnership with the Gary/Chicago International Airport; the development of the Gary Port Authority and intermodal facility; a Clean Tech strategy to address blight elimination; a restructuring of the Gary Sanitary District (waste and storm water); and the development of several economic development projects.

Faegre Drinker Consulting

Bo’s work at Faegre Drinker Consulting has included several public-private partnerships (P3s), including a restructuring and P3 with the Illinois Lottery, work with a private company developing electric vehicle infrastructure, and the development of growth strategies for philanthropic advocacy organizations. In 2018, Bo turned his attention to Opportunity Zones and has worked with investment funds, municipalities and developers on the implementation of the Opportunity Zones program across the country. This work has included developing city and regional strategies to attract Opportunity Zone funding and projects as well as working with developers and fund managers to leverage Opportunity Zone funding.

Bo is a consulting professional within Faegre Drinker Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Drinker Consulting practice.

Personal Interests

Bo enjoys traveling and hopes to visit 100 countries in his lifetime. He’s a dangerous golfer (and not in the good way) but an aspiring aquaponics and micro farmer.



Harvard Business School
M.B.A. (1998)

Yale University
B.A. in Economics (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Story of Industrial Cities: Their Struggles, Revitalization and Rebranding
    Panel moderator, Urban Land Institute Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI, May 2018 
  • Pari-Passu — The Gary Chicago International Airport Public-Private Partnership
    College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois-Chicago (forthcoming)
  • The Dangers of Local P3s
    Infrastructure Investor Magazine, 2014

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Cook County Council of Economic Advisors (IL) – Member, 2018
  • South Suburbs Economic Growth Initiative - (Cook County, IL) Member, 2018
  • Gary (IN) Economic Development Corporation — Executive Director, 2015-17
  • New Rochelle (New York) Citizens — Budget Panel Review Committee, 2014
  • Gary Chicago International Airport Ad Hoc Committee for Public Private Partnership – Member, 2013-14
  • Detroit Works Project — Peer Review Committee, 2012
  • Young Tycoon Fund, New York City — Founder and Chairman, 1996-present
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