March 2, 2011 - Bios
John McClain, AICP
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director
Center for Regional Analysis, GMU School of Public Policy
John McClain is a senior professional with more than 30 years of experience analyzing the economy of the U.S. and the Washington region, and joined Dr. Stephen Fuller in 2001 at the GMU School of Public Policy's Center for Regional Analysis. In addition to research activities with the Center, McClain teaches transportation/land use policy in the graduate program. He is a frequent speaker to national and regional groups and corporations on the economy and housing markets, both nationally and in the mid-Atlantic.
Prior to joining GMU, McClain directed economic and real-estate research for the Northeast region of the U.S. for CB Richard Ellis, an international commercial real estate company. For 15 years McClain was at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments where he directed the planning and policy programs and economic and demographic forecasting programs for the Washington region. He helped establish, and for several years directed, the Cooperative Forecasting Program, which provided official forecasts for metropolitan transportation planning and local planning programs in the region. Following this work with the public sector, McClain was a senior executive at the Greater Washington Board of Trade, where he directed policy and research programs for the region' business community.
McClain received a B.S. in civil engineering from Duke University and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Planning Association, the National Capital Region Technology Investor Conference, the Arlington County Planning Commission and the Clarendon Alliance. He received the 1998 Individual Achievement Award for service to the Washington region by the National Capital Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington.