Megan joins the USGLC from the Capitol Hill office of Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA), where she most recently served as the Press Secretary. Prior to managing communications for the Congressman, Megan was a Legislative Aide responsible for a varied legislative portfolio. She spent a year studying in Madrid, Spain before earning her B.A. in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations, and a Minor in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A California native, Megan misses the beaches of Santa Barbara, though she has enjoyed making DC her new home.
For the women of the Maasai communities, life may be simple, but it’s far from easy. According to Teresia, one of the senior Maasai “mamas,” the greatest challenge facing her boma “was the darkness in our houses” because without electricity, “you can’t see anything at night.” Across sub-Saharan Africa, two out of three people live off the electrical grid – that’s 70 percent of the entire population, or 600 million people.
2017 brought a steady stream of challenges and changes to U.S. foreign policy and development assistance – from a new Administration taking the reins, to a budget proposal that sent shockwaves through Washington, to a steady drumbeat of support for American global leadership. We’ve gathered 12 of the top stories from the past year – one from each month – that you won’t want to miss.
For Violet and her classmates in Tanzania, lunchtime means sitting under the shade of nearby trees, happily devouring a hearty bowl of rice and beans. In the rural Mara region where Violet lives with her family, school meals like these were once a rare occurrence. Recurrent droughts in the region made farming difficult and food scarce — and until Project Concern International (PCI) stepped in, hunger was commonplace in the classroom.
As we mark World Food Day and celebrate the incredible progress Feed the Future has made possible, we are reminded that there is so much left to do. 800 million people will go to bed hungry tonight, and over 20 million people are at risk of starvation from the threat of famine. Increasing food security and building resiliency has taken on a new sense of urgency— but with continued investment and support, Feed the Future is well on its way to ending hunger once and for all.
The partnership features new videos with Sesame Street’s iconic Muppets, teaching our youngest generation that gender should never stand in the way of getting an education or going after a career – inspiring girls around the world to dream big...
A chorus of voices – from top military leaders, to retired generals and admirals, to business owners, and the faith community – have spoken out in support of America’s diplomatic and development programs. On Capitol Hill – where funding levels will ultimately be determined – lawmakers on both sides of the aisle made clear early on that the Administration’s budget was “dead on arrival.” And they didn’t stop there.
Democracy is hard work. Whether it’s Venezuela’s descent toward authoritarianism, Kenya’s dismissal of widely-accepted election results, or growing fears of ethnic cleansing just years into Myanmar’s first-ever civilian-led government – even calling it “hard work” can seem like an understatement.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Americans across the country are looking forward to barbecues, fireworks, and hopefully, time spent with family and friends. But what about those working in the 275 embassies and diplomatic posts around the world– how will they celebrate Independence Day thousands of miles from home? By doing what they do best: sharing American culture, traditions, and values with those living outside of the United States’ borders.