TITLE: Program Officer
FUNDING AREAS: Environment
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-234-4500
IP TAKE: Garcia is a young powerhouse when it comes to all things nuclear security related. As she transitions to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Environment Program, expect her passion for engaging in issues and strategic problem solving to continue.
PROFILE: Megan Garcia currently serves as a Program Officer for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Environment Program, after serving in that same capacity for the foundation's Nuclear Security Initiative (a sector that no longer accepts grant applications and will complete its "winding down" phase in 2014).
Of the nature of her work, Garcia has said: "I enjoy being in touch with experts, decision makers, scholars and practitioners. It's both challenging and rewarding to synthesize their work, understand the funding strategies of other foundations and assess where there are gaps that should be filled. In essence, my job is building relationships, asking a lot of the right questions and then using the information to build effective strategies."
According to her Hewlett profile, Garcia first joined the foundation in June of 2010 as a fellow in the Special Projects Program after receiving her Master's in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley with a focus on international policy and national security. She previously served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, where she helped address national security, foreign affairs, international trade and homeland security issues. It is likely that Garcia developed her interest in nuclear policy during this time. Schakowsky served on the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and raked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the coals for what she viewed as laxness in their oversight. Later, Shakowsky called out Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy during that time, on the same issue.
Garcia was also a policy fellow for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown during his time in the House of Representatives, working with the USAID’s Office of Military Affairs and for Public Citizen California. Brown voted to ratify the Star Treaty, an initiative that cut down the number of nuclear-capable missile launchers in the U.S. by half. Brown also received a 100% rating from the Council for a Livable World.
Garcia received a bachelor's degree in history and literature from Harvard University. At the Aspen Security Forum 2011, she stood out amongst other speakers, some of whom looked at least 20 years older than her.