McGough currently manages and leads many of NIJ’s evidence-based policing projects and major initiatives, including the NIJ LEADS Scholar Program (which she founded) and the DOJ Sentinel Events Initiative. McGough also recently convened a national stakeholder summit to develop a research agenda on women in policing, demonstrating her commitment to research and many important issues in policing. Her knowledge of OJP grant programs and the NIJ sphere of research and evaluation grant programs will be immensely valuable to the Foundation and the field.
McGough is an attorney and has also worked in the DOJ’s Office of the Deputy Attorney General on countering violent extremism and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia on a variety of civil and employment law matters. Her work in DOJ also provided her the opportunity to work with the State Department on a Presidential initiative in Rwanda and counter-poaching efforts in Kenya. McGough received her law degree from George Washington University and her undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from Catholic University. She earned a Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institution in 2018. McGough’s father was a police officer in Florida, where she is from.