Advisory Council

Global Sustainability Strategy Manager, McDonald’s Corporation

Simone Emilie Gourguechon works at the intersection of social impact, business, and change management, and has dedicated her career to building strategies and capacity for sustainable development.

Ms. Gourguechon currently manages global sustainability/corporate social responsibility strategy at McDonald’s Corporation and works to align priorities and strategies for teams in 100+ countries to drive change on key issues for the company, including climate action, packaging and recycling, agricultural commodity sustainability, kids’ nutrition, and workforce training and development for youth. Most recently, she is focused on climate risk and resiliency and alignment with environmental, social, and governance materiality.

Prior to McDonald’s, Ms. Gourguechon was a strategy consultant to various social impact projects with Global Impact in Washington, D.C., The Alford Group in Chicago, and with the United Nations (UNDP/UNORC) in Indonesia as part of the reconstruction following the 2004 tsunami. Among her clients, she is proud to have advised and supported the Central America Donors Forum, Pact, Counterpart International, Impact 2030, Restore the Earth Foundation, DuPont/Corteva, Tyco, CleanSpark, mothers2mothers, International Campaign for Tibet, and Fundación Exodo. Her diverse roles across sectors enable her to activate cross-sector partnerships, promote local-to-global collaboration, and incubate innovation, which she believes is essential for an equitable, global society.

Ms. Gourguechon holds a M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University in Chicago and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller University, Madrid, Spain. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Ross, and their dog, Sparks.