Megan Beyer

Advisor @ Civic NationMember of Meridian Board of Trustees

Megan Beyer

From in 2015 President Barack Obama appointed Beyer the Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She led the first government to government bilateral meetings with Cuba with a cultural mission on the heels of President Obama’s history making trip. Along with the chiefs of US cultural agencies Beyer brought artists Joshua Bell, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Dave Matthews and others programming public visits and bilateral meetings resulting in publicly announced collaborations with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution. Also during her tenure, Beyer negotiated a transition of the Committee’s successful “Turnaround Arts” program to the Kennedy Center to guarantee its future growth and expansion. The program employs the arts as education reform improving outcomes in some of the country’s most struggling schools.

Megan Beyer, an award winning journalist and civic leader, has over twenty years of experience reporting, public speaking, producing political commentary, fundraising, and campaigning. She is the founder and Chair of a bilateral project with Swiss and U.S. women leaders called “Sister Republics.” The project accelerates private market drivers to break the glass ceiling: gender certification, gender lens investing, and voluntary benchmark coalitions like The 30 Percent Club.

Ms. Beyer is a media professional and policy expert who represented the Presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Howard Dean on various national and local media outlets. She is an advocate for the American family, health care, education and gender equality.

In Bern, Switzerland, Ms. Beyer founded and chaired the U.S. Embassy’s bilateral women leaders project, “Sister Republics" and partnered with the World Economic Forum and George Washington University. With GW, the project conducted the first gender workplace research in Switzerland producing two reports on the role of women in business. She serves on the Foundation Board of the Geneva-based Gender Equality Project, a foundation affiliated with the World Economic Forum creating a gender certification standard for multinational corporations.

She founded a small business called “First Take Talent” offering on-camera moderating services for live audience studio-produced teleconferences including a narrowcast series with business author Jim Champy (Reengineering the Corporation) for the PBS Business Channel.

Currently, Ms. Beyer is the Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and regular panelist on the national PBS women’s program, "To the Contrary;" she has worked as a regular columnist for Tamedia’s Le Matin in Geneva, and she contributes to The Huffington Post and various blogs and newspapers on gender issues.