Carmelo Barbaro previously worked as a Project Leader in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading strategy consulting firm. Before joining BCG, he spent several years working in urban planning and community development, with a focus on low-income communities in the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee.

He holds a BA in government from Harvard University, and MSc in regional and urban planning studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.