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John McGrath

John McGrath

Senior Vice President, Communications & Marketing

John and his team are responsible for building and protecting the College Board's reputation and brand. He oversees all of the organization's communications and marketing efforts, which are designed to increase educational access and opportunity for all students.

John's communications expertise comes from many years of varied experience in the field. Immediately prior to joining the College Board, he was a partner at Brand Community Strategies, a communications agency in which he helped companies understand, engage with, and grow their key audiences. Before that, he was senior vice president of communications at GSD&M, one of the country's premier advertising agencies, and he was managing director at Public Strategies, a global strategic communications agency. Prior to that, he was chief speechwriter and head of communications for the Office of the Chairman at Dell, where he was responsible for global communications positioning, planning, and content development.

John began his career as an officer in the Air Force, where he served as a vice squadron commander, an executive officer, and the speechwriter and communications adviser to the four-star commander of the Air Education and Training Command.

John earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Duke University. He divides his time between our offices in New York and Austin, Texas.