Megan grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, moved to New York City to become a professional ballet dancer, and found she was better suited to a degree in English Literature. Accordingly, she moved to Iowa City in 1995 to complete her doctorate and never left, having found home here. She taught as a visiting professor for several years in the University of Iowa English Department and Sexuality Studies program, then transitioned from teaching to management at ACT where she still works.
Over the course of these different career paths, Megan has been involved in community building: she has been an ally to the LGBT community since she was in high school, phone banked to help ratify the UI graduate student union SEIU-COGS, and since working at ACT she has been involved in a number of community-based activities. Megan has organized events in several United Way fundraising campaigns for ACT and learned of the crucial work local agencies do for the community. That awareness pointed her to City service and she was appointed Commissioner on the Housing and Community Development Commission, where she currently serves. She is also a long-time volunteer with the Iowa Women’s Foundation, serving on several committees: community engagement, advocacy, and grant reviews. She has been a “Big” through Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past five years, and also served as a mentor to women in business through the Tippie College of Business. She is an active member in several associations including the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition, Black Voices Project, and the South District Neighborhood Association. Combined, this involvement has led Megan to seek the next level of engagement and commitment to Iowa City by running for City Council.
Megan and her husband Duane met in Iowa City in 2001 and have been married for 17 years. They have 2 children, Christopher and Andrea, who attend Alexander Elementary. The family has called the South District home since moving there in 2006. The family enjoys grilling out, playing at the splash pad, going to the library, rescuing feral and stray cats, and are huge Hawkeye football and wrestling fans.