Meg Clifford Poole has worked at Meridian International Center since 1999 in numerous capacities. Since joining Meridian, Meg has worked primarily on people-to-people exchanges, including the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and professional exchanges for U.S. embassies overseas. She currently works as a Program Officer in the Global Connect Division designing highly customized exchanges for public and private sector clients. Over the years, Meg has designed and implemented approximately 200 programs for nearly 1000 visitors from around the world. Among other themes, her programs focus on social entrepreneurship, civic engagement and volunteerism, promotion of arts and culture, and inter-faith dialogue. In 2015 Meg lead the design and implementation of the inaugural cohort of the Meridian Social Innovation Fellows – challenging emerging leaders to identify solutions to social and economic challenges in their communities and supporting them via training and mentorship while they implement.
Meg also serves as the Director of the Global Service Leaders (GSL) program, a virtual community of interest which motivates and connects emerging leaders from around the world to address community challenges through increased and coordinated civic engagement. By connecting these aspiring leaders to a global community of peers and mentors, GSL supports members in their application of best practices, helps them develop important leadership skills, and provides them the network and resources to overcome inevitable challenges. Prior to joining Meridian, Ms. Poole lived in West Africa and volunteered for the Association for Rural Development, a small indigenous agricultural development organization in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ms. Poole earned her Masters Degree in International Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri and Regent’s College, London.