Megan Garcia, Senior Fellow & Director of New America CA, is exploring the best methods to connecting New America’s programs to innovative problem-solving techniques taking place on the West Coast. Her current focus is on bringing about transformative change in the way people think about government and community engagement by amplifying the positive work of California’s best public-sector problem solvers. Megan is an expert on national security policy and how the public sector can harness methods from Silicon Valley and other centers of innovation to better tackle the societal challenges we face in the 21st Century.
Previously Megan was a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she oversaw the creation of the foundation’s Cyber Initiative, designed to help generate a field of cybersecurity and Internet Policy experts more focused on the public good. She also oversaw Hewlett’s Nuclear Security initiative, a portfolio of grants with the goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world. Megan has been Military Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Policy Fellow for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown during his time in the House of Representatives, a consultant to USAID’s Office of Military Affairs, and has worked for Public Citizen California.
While at the Goldman School, Megan focused on foreign policy and national security, including coursework at Goldman, in the Economics Department, and in the City and Regional Planning School. Megan also holds an undergraduate degree in American History and Literature from Harvard University. She currently lives in San Francisco where she enjoys being active in the great outdoors with her husband Brian Falldin.