Megan Powers, Senior Project Manager

Megan Powers

Megan joined the staff of Grassroots Solutions in 2010. In her role at the firm, Megan guides organizations and groups in translating their vision into effective engagement strategies and innovative tactics. Megan has expertise in designing and facilitating trainings and workshops; developing and managing evaluation projects; creating plans and delivering ongoing technical assistance to help maximize an organization’s success. She has worked closely with a range of clients from philanthropic, nonprofit, advocacy, and corporate sectors. Megan has particular expertise in designing and delivering training and technical assistance programs that build permanent grassroots capacity while advancing a cause. Her clients have included the Kresge Foundation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and Atlantic Philanthropies.

Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions, Megan worked for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy to build the capacity of Asian American community organizations. Her prior work experience also includes providing training and education on global and local issues as Director of Education at the Advocates for Human Rights, and managing and assessing a children’s literacy initiative for the Saint Paul Public Library. Megan has more than twelve years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has been an active board member and volunteer for several nonprofit organizations.

In addition to Megan’s work within the U.S., her incessant wanderlust has led her to travel, study and work in numerous places (Megan has visited over 30 countries). Notable job stints include working in Spain as a tutor and gadabout, in South Korea as a high school teacher, in Nepal as a child labor activist, in Northern Ireland as a UNESCO researcher, and in Argentina as a Rotary World Peace Fellow. In all of her experience nationally and globally, Megan has infused a lens of engagement and organizing to achieve policy and systems change.

Megan is a proud Wisconsinite and former 4-H’er from a rural farming family. She logged countless tedious childhood hours peddling honey at the local farmers’ market. Now that she frequents the urban farmers’ market and has become somewhat of a food snob, she considers those hazy memories of forced child labor to be “quaint.” Megan is a mom who does not blog.

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Fun Facts

  • Favorite organizer

    Rigoberta Menchu
  • Favorite food

    Seafood, especially ceviche. Known to eat live octopus on occasion.
  • Favorite TV series

    The Wire
  • Little known fact

    Megan has a lifelong knack for “winning stuff”….as in random door prizes, raffle drawings, and sweepstakes.
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