Jason McGrath, Vice President at GBAO, specializes in providing polling and strategic advice to Democratic candidates and progressive organizations. With nearly two decades of experience in Democratic politics, McGrath has helped elect leaders at all levels of government from city councils to Governors’ mansions and the U.S. Senate. He oversees all aspects of research on his projects, including client management, moderating focus groups, providing detailed data analysis, and strategic campaign advice.
McGrath works closely with House Leadership and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has helped elect several members of the U.S. Congress, including U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (NM), Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-1), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-3), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8), and Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17).
McGrath served as a senior strategist to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in her historic campaign to become the first woman of color and openly gay person to lead the city, for which he was awarded the American Association of Political Consultants’ 2020 Campaign Excellence Award for Democratic Pollster of the Year. McGrath helped guide Lightfoot to a come-from-behind victory in a field of 14 candidates, eventually winning 74 percent of the vote in the head-to-head second-round runoff.
In addition to winning races in the Midwest and around the country, McGrath has also worked with labor unions and progressive organizations like SEIU, the Chicago Federation of Labor, End Citizens United, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Jason graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. In addition to his work with GBAO, McGrath is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy where he is a member of SEIU Local 73. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.