John McGah is a senior technical assistance consultant. He manages and directs numerous projects and activities to support community-based efforts to help end homelessness and address systems change, and is a staff member of AIR’s National Center on Family Homelessness. He is the project director for the multi-year, national Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System Technical Assistance and Reporting project for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the project manager of the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Prevention Initiative for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also provides technical assistance for HUD and HUD-funded grantees.
McGah has a particular interest in systems change and applying systems thinking to public affairs. He previously worked in the implementation of HUD's Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) in Massachusetts as a statewide HMIS systems administrator, and nationally as consultant and evaluator for other communities. He is the founder of Give US Your Poor, a national nonprofit public education campaign to help end homelessness utilizing the arts and systems thinking. McGah worked for 15 years as a senior research associate at UMass Boston's Center for Social Policy where he conducted research and evaluations, and currently teaches a yearly course on systems thinking at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, UMass Boston.