Co-founder of No Boston Olympics leaves consulting firm that has been working with 2024 supporters.
Chris Dempsey, the public face of those who oppose Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, has resigned from his position as a case team leader at Bain & Company, Fortune has learned. Today is his last day.
He says that the decision is unrelated to the consulting firm’s pro bono work on behalf of the Boston 2024 committee, and that he did not receive any internal or external pressure to quit.
“This is a natural development, and very typical of people who do a couple of years of consulting work after business school,” Dempsey explains. “I have nothing but good things to say about the people at Bain.”
Dempsey originally joined Bain & Co. in late 2012, after getting his MBA from Harvard. Before that he spent more than two years with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where his positions included deputy chief of staff and director of innovation. He briefly overlapped with former state transportation secretary Richard Davey, who currently serves as CEO of the Boston 2024 Partnership.
Today, Dempsey is one of three co-founders of No Boston Olympics, a nonprofit that believes the 2024 Games could become a financial morass for Massachusetts taxpayers. It’s a small grassroots group, with recent public opinion polls suggesting that it is successfully punching well above its weight against the state’s business and political power structure.
Dempsey says that he does not yet have any future plans, but will not rule out the possibility that he work on No Boston Olympics full-time.
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