Megan Beyer

Director of the Office of Art in Embassies @ U.S. Department of StateBoard Secretary @ Meridian Board of Trustees

  • Megan Beyer, Meridian Board Secretary, Director of the Office of Art in Embassies at the U.S. Department of State, former Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and founder of Megan Beyer Associates.

Megan Beyer is a journalist, activist, and life-long advocate of women’s rights and gender issues, and the arts. She founded Megan Beyer Associates in 2016 with clients including Civic Nation, The Better Angels Society, and the American Film Institute.

In 2022, she was appointed by President Joe Biden as the Director of the Office of Art in Embassies at the U.S. Department of State.  In 2015, Beyer was appointed by President Barack Obama as Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. During her tenure at PCAH, Beyer led the first official U.S. Cultural Delegation to Cuba, resulting in the first bilateral government-to-government agreements following President Obama’s historic visit to the country. In 2010, with the US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, Beyer founded the bilateral Swiss-U.S. project, Sister Republics, accelerating private market drivers to break the glass ceiling. Upon return to the U.S., Beyer became Director, External Relations for the Swiss-based EDGE Gender Certification, a company that certifies companies achieving a global standard of gender certification.

Beyer began her career as a reporter covering education and politics for local and national television news programs. She was a regular contributor to Tamedia newspapers in Switzerland from 2010-2013, and in the US, her essays are found on Motherhood Movement Online, Role Reboot, The Hill, the Alexandria Times, and The Huffington Post. For the last 15 years, she has been a regular panelist on PBS’ To the Contrary, a women's political talk show on public television stations nationwide. She co-chaired the founding of a women’s peace prize at the U.S. Institute for Peace, the Women Building Peace Award.

She serves on the advisory board of EDGE Certification, the statewide board of Virginia Humanities, and is development chair and co-chair of Culturefix at Meridian International. Over the last twenty-five years, she has served on dozens of national, state, and local boards, including WETA- DC's public television station, the national board of Reading is Fundamental, Virginia NARAL, and was Finance Chairman of the Virginia Community College System, appointed by Governor Mark Warner.