Jason McGrath is Vice President at GBA strategies, specializing in providing polling and strategic advice to Democratic candidates, non-profit organizations, and corporations. With 10 years 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.
Recently, he served as pollster and advisor to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s successful campaign. Working with a top notch team of strategists, McGrath helped Emanuel capture 40 of the city’s 50 wards and win a majority 56 percent of the vote in a six-candidate field.
In 2010, in the midst of a tough political environment, McGrath helped several Democrats stave off defeat, including Representatives Betty Sutton (OH) and Martin Heinrich (NM). Both Sutton and Heinrich faced aggressive, well-financed challenges from top tier Republican recruits and held on to win impressive victories. Over the past three election cycles, McGrath has worked with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, providing polling and advice for the independent expenditure campaigns of over 20 Congressional victories.
He has also done extensive research for progressive non-profit organizations and labor unions, including the Center for American Progress, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the National Education Association, and Change to Win.
McGrath has worked extensively in Chicago and Illinois, providing research and advice for Chicago Mayors Emanuel and Richard Daley, as well as several successful aldermanic campaigns throughout the city. He was an strategist for State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in his statewide campaigns in 2006 and 2010. McGrath has also advised the Illinois Association of Realtors and the Madison County Democratic Central Committee among other groups in the state.
In addition to polling and consulting, McGrath is an experienced focus group moderator, leading scores of discussion groups around the country for political, issue-based, and corporate clients.
Prior to joining GBA Strategies, McGrath worked at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for six years, focusing on research for Democratic candidates and progressive organizations. Before that, he worked as a Research Director on several federal campaigns in Pennsylvania and helped organize national political strategy for the Alliance for Retired Americans (AFL-CIO).
McGrath graduated from Georgetown University. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife, Betsy.