What We Do 

17a is a public sector strategy firm focused on changing the game for how top talent and the best new tools get deployed to the biggest public problems. We work directly with government agencies, big companies in public service delivery, and start ups bringing new models to the public problem solving space. Our teams combine classic management consulting tools with more out-of-the-box solution design techniques to create better programs and interventions.

17a is also growing the first professional network specifically focused on top talent in the public problem solving space.  Our team creates resources and other supports to make it easier to navigate a professional path in public problem solving and offers them to everyone for free.   

There is a popular perception that the private sector has a monopoly on the best ideas and that careers in public problem areas are not exciting.  17a is working to change that.


What our projects look like, by client-type:


Established Players
working in public service delivery

  • Strategy and Program Design, focused on improving the effectiveness and impact of groups that delivery public services - including government agencies and private players (e.g., owners of affordable housing, Medicaid managed care plans).

  • Change Management and Implementation support for new or newly designed service delivery models, often focused on capability building and planning to ensure the sustainable transformation of operations.


tackling public problems

  • Growth Strategy, to create new market entry strategies, 6-/12-/18-month operational plans or next-wave organizational processes. We work in an advisory capacity, in close partnership with start-up leadership teams.

  • Operational Support, as flex capacity to provide direct execution of start-up in the form pilot management, structuring and facilitation of new contracting arrangements, or the development of content needed for new market creation.


Work at the Ecosystem-level 

  • Partnership Design and Development, focused on creating novel structures for better forms of collaboration - often related to cross-sector cooperation or performance-based contracting.

  • Content Creation, to produce and curate resources that advance the development of the public problem solving ecosystem.


Past and Current Partners