Megan Fowler currently serves as Director of Communications for Polaris. She brings more than ten years of professional nonprofit experience to the Public Outreach and Communications program. In her role, Ms. Fowler is responsible for raising the overall profile of the organization through traditional and new media, educating the public about resources and services available through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), and building a grassroots network to combat human trafficking.
Prior to joining Polaris, Ms. Fowler led the communications department of Refugees International where she helped spotlight the plight of millions of Iraqi refugees stranded throughout the Middle East in the wake of the U.S. war in Iraq. This publicity and accompanying advocacy generated hundreds of millions of dollars of additional U.S. and international funding for displaced Iraqis. She also participated in research missions to assess the needs of displaced people in the Darfur region of Sudan and Burma.
In addition, Ms. Fowler has worked to promote policies that reduce the environmental causes of breast cancer at the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund, where she established the foundation of the organization’s first communications department. She was also a member of the media team of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.
Ms. Fowler earned her M.A. in the Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before graduate school, she also explored her love of international travel and exploring new cultures by teaching English in Jinan, China.