Faculty & Staff

John McGah, MSPA

Lecturer in Public Affairs, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School


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John McGah, MSPA, is a Senior Associate at American Institutes for Research (AIR) within the Policy, Practice and System Change area with a focus on homelessness and systems thinking. He is also the founder of Give US Your Poor, a national public education campaign to help end homelessness involving celebrity musicians and homeless musicians. A former senior research associate at UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy and research assistant at Abt Associates, he is the (co)author of numerous reports, articles, and presentations on issues of homelessness. McGah is also an Eisenhower Fellow who received an international fellowship to study homelessness in central and western Europe. More recently, he spent a year in Mexico with his family co-directing a leadership development program for corporate and nonprofit leaders addressing sustainability. McGah has designed and delivered graduate courses and workshops in systems thinking and has also taught a course on American government at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa in Mexico. Currently, he is working on a biography based on the life of John P. Milton, a pivotal figure in helping birth the environmental movement and a spiritual master. In his free time, McGah performs music solo or with his band, playing original music or songs by his beloved Beatles and Bruce Springsteen.