Grantmaking Team - Director, Veterans Portfolio
Megan Everett, Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a former Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. As Director of the Veterans Program, Megan manages a grant portfolio focused on veteran employment to include education and entrepreneurship, behavior health and wellness, and systems navigation. Megan joined the Foundation in August 2014.
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 nonprofit 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. Prior to joining the McCormick Foundation, 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 Board of Governors for Rickover Naval Academy in Chicago Public Schools. She is an advisory board member for the Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs for the city of Chicago and on the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council. Megan is a board member for the Veterans Leadership Council in Chicago and a Political Partner for the Truman National Security Project. Megan is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the American Red Cross 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 a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.