Beginning March 1, 2020, Megan Swezey Fogarty will serve as Stanford’s inaugural Associate Vice President for Community Engagement part of the Office of the President. The creation of this role was first envisioned by President Tessier-Lavigne, inspired by the Long-Range Planning process, with the goal of creating a more purposeful and organized engagement between Stanford and the numerous external communities with whom we interact. The AVP for Community Engagement will be responsible for working with Stanford’s internal teams and external community partners to implement this more proactive and collaborative university engagement. Megan is deeply committed to our region and the university, and she looks forward to partnering with offices and organizations on and off campus to strengthen and advance Stanford’s engagement with our external communities.
Since 2013, Megan has served as Deputy Executive Director of the Center providing leadership for strategic planning, fund development, communications, public policy, and alumni relations.
Before returning to the Haas Center full-time in 2007, Megan led the Center's Call to Serve government recruitment initiative (now part of Cardinal Careers) and worked with the City of Palo Alto City Manager's Office on planning for libraries and a possible pandemic flu. She served as nonprofits liaison for State Assemblyman Joe Simitian and for a decade hosted Senator Simitian's government access television show, Capitol Focus.
Megan has worked for over 30 years in nonprofit program development and management, primarily with organizations focused on involving young people in service learning. Her professional experience includes City of Palo Alto teen coordinator, Constitutional Rights Foundation project director, Youth Community Service founder, Haas Center for Public Service assistant director, Youth Service California executive director, and outreach coordinator for the Service Learning 2000 Center in the Stanford School of Education. She also worked as an independent consultant supporting nonprofits with event planning, fund development, and writing.
Current community involvement includes an appointment to the PAUSD Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, and leadership and advisory roles with Pitzer College, Foundation for a College Education, First Congregational Church Nursery School, and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto. Megan has also served as a community volunteer with Adolescent Counseling Services, Palo Alto Community Child Care, Palo Alto Community Fund, Palo Alto Partners in Education, City of Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan Committee, Mothers' Symposium, Youth Community Service, Partners in School Innovation, and YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula. She has served with local youth sports teams, Girl Scouts, parent associations, and political campaigns. Megan was recognized in 2008 with the Palo Alto Tall Tree Award for Outstanding Citizen/Volunteer; and in 2013 with the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education and the Margaret Ann Fidler Award for Distinguished Service to Student Affairs. In 2014, she was recognized by the California Governor's Office as a Service Trailblazer for AmeriCorps' first 20 years. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, Mike, and has three grown children: Matt, Molly '19, and Michaela.