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Megan McLaughlin


Pioneering Contributions

Megan McLaughlin has been a pioneering organizer and leader of community foundations and coalitions dealing with policy and programs nationally and internationally related to children, youth, women and families. McLaughlin served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies from 1986 to 2003.  Her work at the Federation helped attain leadership status in public policy issues addressing HIV/AIDS, children, families, and poverty/income security.  She helped create new vehicles for services including the Training Institute, Resource and Support Center and Church Desk.  McLaughlin guided a strategic plan that considerably improved the economic health of the organization. She has advised the office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica on social planning and policy.


Career Highlights

McLaughlin was the director of field work instruction while at Columbia University from 1975 to 1978 and developed the Center for Community Planning and Consultation, a fieldwork program for students pursuing a joint M.S./M.A. degree.  She also taught and conducted research prior to arriving at Columbia University.


As a senior program officer for the New York Community Trust/Community Funds from 1976 to 1986, she managed a grants portfolio benefitting family, child and youth welfare; girls and young women; youth employment and human justice for the country’s largest community foundations.  McLaughlin’s efforts created broad-based coalitions, including the New York State Intergenerational Network, Welfare Reform Network, Managed Care Task Force, the Pioneers (women with HIV and AIDS), and the Youth Services Network


Biographic Data

Megan McLaughlin received her D.S.W. from Columbia University school of Social Work in 1981.  She earned her M.S.W. and B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Howard University in 1968 and 1966, respectively. 


Significant Achievements and Awards

McLaughlin has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including:

Caribbean Women’s Health Association

New York City Independent Budget Office

New York State Advisory Council on AIDS as Vice Chair

Baruch College School of Public Affairs Advisory Board

United Way of New York City, Nonprofit Leadership Development Advisory Council (as Co- chair)


Significant Publications

McLaughlin oversaw the publication of numerous reports as Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Inc.  In addition, her writing has included:


McLaughlin, M. & Liddicoat, A. (2005). Teachers’ professional learning – In the context of intercultural language learning.  Babel, 40(1), 4-11.


McLaughlin, M. (1997).  Toward real welfare reform: Decoding race and myths.  In Removing Risks from Children: Shifting the Paradigm, A. Carten and J. Dumpson, Editors.  New York, NY: Beckham House Publishers.


McLaughlin, M. (1997). Will welfare reform work? Essence Magazine, February 1997.


McLaughlin, M. (1995). Family preservation.  Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law and Policy, 3(2).



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