Margaret Meagher is managing director of international development at AIR. She is responsible for overseeing existing projects and business development of AIR’s international unit in Policy, Practice and Systems Change (PP&SC). As managing director, she leads and builds PP&SC international’s capacity to design and provide on-the-ground, in-country interventions and solutions in areas such as refugees and migrants, youth and workforce development, educational standards and assessment, literacy, and early childhood development.
Meagher is a senior non-profit and social enterprise leadership professional with over 25 years of experience in mission-driven organizations focused on leveraging research and data to improve wellbeing of populations around the world. She has particular expertise in education for social transformation through formal and non-formal programs targeting underserved/underrepresented groups in 20+ countries, including the U.S. She is a systems thinker with significant experience in developing, executing, and monitoring the progress of programs and organization-wide strategic plans; program design, management, and impact assessment; gender analysis, capacity building, teaching, and mentorship; and building and managing strategic partnerships for optimization of resources and social impact. Bridging research and evaluation, she also brings experience in mixed methods evaluation and data systems management. She has developed and negotiated successful competitive and collaborative funding proposals and designed initiatives for major foundations, UN entities, and governments, including USAID.
Recently, Meagher served as vice president focused on strategy, learning, and impact with the African Leadership Academy, and as a project-based senior consultant. Previously with Mastercard Foundation, she served as a primary architect of its signature scholars program for African youth. Prior to MCF, she led global programs on education and poverty reduction for marginalized children, particularly girls, across 19 low-income countries as a senior manager in CARE; and was award-winning adjunct faculty and coordinator of student advising and support services in a major U.S. university.