Meagan first realized that she wanted to dedicate her career to solving problems of human rights and poverty when she traveled to Tibet as a Freshman at the University of Notre Dame. She believes strongly in approaching poverty challenges with market-based solutions, supporting local entrepreneurs, and social business.
She worked in Applied Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago after college and later got her MA in International Studies at DePaul. In that capacity, she lived in northern India for 5 months to interview Tibetan refugees in the midst of the 2008 uprisings for her MA thesis.
Meagan has since worked in human rights and international development, in the capacities of HR, internal audit, and social enterprise. She currently supports business development for one of the largest fuel-efficient cookstove social enterprises in West Africa.
She is excited for her next adventure as a Kiva Fellow, where she can apply her internal audit and experience with social business development to her work with South Pacific Business Development in Samoa. She is eager to work directly in microfinance and see its impact firsthand!