Veterans Staff

Eli Williamson, Program Director
EWilliamson@McCormickFoundation.org
Eli Williamson, Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a former staff sergeant with the U. S. Army and co-founder of Leave No Veteran Behind, an Illinois-based non-profit focused on employment opportunities for veterans. While serving as Executive Director at Leave No Veteran Behind, Eli implemented debt relief and transitional employment programs, workforce skills training, and community service opportunities for veterans making the transition from military to civilian life.

Prior to 2009, Eli served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of “psychological operations” teams and as an Arabic linguist, working on outreach to civilian communities and supporting special operations forces. Before leaving the Army, Eli served as a retention officer, providing career counseling to a battalion of over 150 soldiers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Bronze Star, two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals.

Eli received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Linguistics (with a minor in African studies) from Luther College in Iowa and is presently completing a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University.

Megan Everett, Program Officer
MEverett@McCormickFoundation.org
Megan Everett, Program Officer of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a former Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Megan served on the USS JARRETT (FFG-33) as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and on the USS DENVER (LPD-9) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her last tour in the Navy was on a Personal Exchange Program to the Canadian Fleet Atlantic in Halifax, NS.
Following her service in the Navy, Megan worked at a small non-profit with adults with disabilities doing job placement and supported employment in Athens, OH. She was then the Service Learning Coordinator at Chapel Hill High School working with local and national nonprofits and community organizations in the Research Triangle area. She moved to Chicago in 2010 to work at Northwestern University at the Center for Civic Engagement and Center for Leadership. Most recently, Megan was the Assistant Director at Northwestern’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the McCormick School of Engineering.
Megan serves as a Community Member on the Local School Council for Alcott College Prep. She is an advisory board member for the Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs for the city of Chicago. Megan received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University receiving her commission through Naval ROTC. She has a MBA from Penn State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

 
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