Mac Grambauer

they / she Managing Partner
Mac Grambauer

Since joining McAlpine Consulting in 2008, Mac (they/she) has taken a lead role in MCFG marketing initiatives, strategic planning facilitation, and organizational development initiatives.  As part of their advocacy work, Mac helps to plan and lead education and lobbying activities, including legislative meetings, web-based advocacy initiatives, and design and implementation of advocacy trainings.  Using her previous Day Camp Director skills, Mac contributes to strategic planning projects by “bringing the fun” through communication and team-building games.  Blending their work and passion for supporting youth-based organizations with her love of music, Mac formerly served as Associate Board Vice President for Foundations of Music, a former MCFG Strategic Planning client.

Mac became Managing Partner in July 2022, channeling one of their personal heroes, Kermit the Frog, to continue to bring the fun into MCFG office operations and work with MCFG clients. In their new role, Mac hopes to build upon McAlpine Consulting’s experience in promoting healthy work cultures and focus on work/life balance with all our clients—those we’ve worked with once, twice, or many times over the years, and those old friends we’ve just met.

Mac is a writer, year-round biker, and frantic knitter. She also takes every learning opportunity she can get to study and serve as a psychedelic peer supporter through the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and Zendo Project. Her current music obsessions include Ludovico Einaudi, Nina Simone, a renewed love of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness, and pretty much every song Rage Against the Machine has ever released.


Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL May 2006

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Emphasis: Media Studies
  • Minor in Journalism, Emphasis: Public Relations
  • GPA: 3.5/4.0; Upper Division Honors; Departmental Honor

From the Blog: Articles by Mac Grambauer

  • We Stand with Everyone Fighting for Racial Justice

    Since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, we have been trying to figure out what to say to you about the moment we are in. As an office predominantly of white women, we are acutely aware of our desire and duty to raise up the voices of people of color. We are […]

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