Stuart Flack


Stuart FlackEnvironmental Law & Policy Center

Stuart Flack has had a long and varied career in business, policy and the arts.

He is current serving as a senior fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy center in Chicago, focusing on innovation and alternative energy. As a longtime partner at McKinsey & Co. (1990 – 2007) he led the firm’s Digital Knowledge Strategy and Publishing groups for many years.

As a playwright he’s had productions at many of the leading theatres in the U.S. including:  Southcoast Rep (Costa Mesa, CA), Culture Project (New York), Interact (Philadelphia), Victory Gardens (Chicago),  Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Texas Performing Arts (Austin) Contemporary American Theatre Festival (Washington, D.C.), and Department of Cultural Affairs, (Chicago) His plays include: “99% Walden”, “Black Like Me” (Commissioned adaptation for Steppenwolf Theatre),Bikila”, “Floaters”, “Sidney Bechet Killed a Man”, “Homeland Security”, “Jonathan Wild”, “American Life & Casualty”. Since 2013 he’s be working in collaboration with The Seldoms, a dance Theatre Company in Chicago on, two evening length pieces “Power Goes” and “Rock Citizen” which use movement, text, archival material, music, sculpture and video to examine power, politics and social action in the U.S. from the 1950’s to the present. He is currently a writer in residence at Chicago Dramatists and has been awarded two residency grants from the MacDowell Colony.  He is an also active jazz guitarist, who recently performed at Ravinia’s mainstage, the Harris Theatre and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. 

As a producer, he ran The Chicago Humanities Festival ( the largest festival of arts and ideas in U.S. from 2007 through 2012.  At CHF he produced over 1200 events attended by 300,000 people and created long form video content watched by millions worldwide.

As an entrepreneur, he served as founding CEO of Bestmatch (2013 – 2014), a venture philanthropy funded start up in the higher-ed space. He regularly mentors and works with not for profit start-ups at: the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago, Impact Engine at the 1871 accelerator.