Meg Clifford Poole

Director, Business Development and Partnerships @ Meridian

Meg Clifford Poole currently serves as Director of Business Development and Partnerships in the GlobalConnect Division and serves as the team lead for the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) exchange program for university students. She has worked at Meridian International Center since 1999 in numerous capacities, working primarily on people-to-people exchanges, including the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program, and a variety of professional exchanges for U.S. embassies overseas and private partners. Over the years, Meg has designed and implemented over 225 programs for nearly 1300 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.

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.