Megan Irwin is an early childhood education and public policy consultant and leader with 11 years of experience leading state and local policy development initiatives. She has worked as an investigative journalist, non-profit executive, school district administrator, state agency director, and served as Oregon’s Early Learning System Director under Governors Kitzhaber and Brown.
In addition to her consulting and policy work, Megan is a clinical social worker and provides trauma counseling to survivors of sexual assault at the Sexual Assault Resource Center. The driving force behind Megan’s work is an unwavering commitment to community self determination, racial equity, the belief that our biggest challenges can only be solved through collaboration, and the courage to ask and answer difficult questions. Her areas of expertise include early childhood policy and programming, early learning workforce issues, public administration, trauma-informed care, attachment theory, and trauma therapy.
Why did you join the SVP Portland Board?
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with SVP Portland for years on various early childhood projects (ECE Equity Advocacy Collaborative, Preschool for All, Juntos Aprendemos feasibility study) and am so inspired by the impact the organization has made in this area. I was looking for a new way to give back and contribute to my community, and am honored to serve as a board member as we work to define our goals for the future and determine the best ways to amplify, expand, and support the capacity that already exists in our community.”