Though raised in a small town in Kentucky for much of adolescence, Megan’s formative years were spent abroad – from Sri Lanka to Tunisia. This early interest in culture followed her to her collegiate years. In 2014, she spent six weeks completing an internship at an orphanage in Guatemala, where she became intrigued by the role NGOs and nonprofits play in improving educational opportunities for children in impoverished regions. Upon her graduation from Western Kentucky University with B.A.s in both International Affairs and English in 2016, she spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Esquipulas, Guatemala, where she worked with the Access English Microscholarship Program. Her time there further solidified her desire to explore ways to improve access to quality education for those most marginalized via governmental and non-governmental programs.
At Vanderbilt, she is pursuing her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management, and works as the Graduate Associate for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures. Having served in Guatemala and conducted research in myriad countries in Central America, she is interested in how businesses can balance creating a sustainable social impact with a successful business model, and the role that education has as a means to alleviate the poverty pervasive in many such areas. Through her experiences, she has recognized the impact that a successful social venture could have on communities not only in Central America, but across the world.