Program Officer, Cyber and Nuclear Security Initiatives
Megan Garcia is a Program Officer for the foundation’s Cyber and Nuclear Security Initiatives, where she manages one portfolio of grants aimed at building the cybersecurity and Internet policy field, and a separate portfolio of grants aimed at increasing nuclear security. Before joining the Hewlett Foundation in 2010, she worked as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, where she was responsible for a portfolio of issues that included national security, foreign affairs, international trade, and homeland security. While working for Congresswoman Schakowsky she became an expert on private security contracting and civilian-military engagement. She has also worked as a policy fellow for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown during his time in the House of Representatives, as a consultant to USAID’s Office of Military Affairs, and for Public Citizen California.
Megan holds a master’s in public policy with a focus on international policy and national security from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in American History and Literature from Harvard University.