John McPhail, founder of LEAD NGOs, has over twenty three years of experience in organizational leadership involving strategic development, partnership building, management and administration of national and international community development programs, stakeholder engagement, and design and engineering support of engineering projects, including sixteen as a country and regional director and team leader for social sector and faith-based non-profit organizations of up to 350+ staff. He has held leadership roles on boards of six networks and local organizations, providing organizational development and operational and strategic direction, including leading eight strategic planning processes. He has significant experience developing and managing grants and cooperative agreements and working in conjunction with several governmental organizations, with a particular focus on Central America and the US.
John studied Civil Engineering with a minor in Asian Political Science at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois / Urbana-Champaign, also in civil engineering, with a concentration in construction management and design. He has advanced computer and technology skills and is fluent in Spanish and has a basic working knowledge of French.

John has provided and/or ensured executive technical and administrative leadership and management decision-making for the following areas:
   o Water & Sanitation (design, infrastructure, education, training & capacity building)
   o Health (adolescent reproductive health, HIV-AIDS, child survival, maternal & child health)
   o Education (early childhood development, transitions education, basic education)
   o Livelihoods & Food Security (community-based economic development, livelihood readiness for youth, agricultural production, pre and post-harvest loss prevention, marketing, micro-credit)
   o Protection (anti-trafficking, violence prevention, child rights)
   o Disaster preparedness and emergency response with a focus on long-term development objectives while minimizing unintended consequences of HA (immediate response, early warning systems, local capacity building, temporary shelters, permanent shelters, safe spaces for children, water and sanitation).