Youth and Workforce Development Specialist, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Bureau
Megan Meinen is the Youth and Workforce Development Specialist in USAID’s Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Bureau, specializing in programs in workforce and access to education in crises and conflict. Ms. Meinen is the AOR of the Avanza Regional Workforce Development program, which operates in Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica. She has more than eight years of experience working on youth issues in LAC, including alternative education, violence prevention, and workforce development. Prior to working at USAID, Ms. Meinen worked in the LAC division at Chemonics International, focusing on project design for violence prevention and youth at risk programs in Central America. She also spent several years directly overseeing a life skills and transition into adulthood program for vulnerable youth in Lima, Peru. Ms. Meinen holds a Master’s degree in International Development from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin.