Meg Ansara is a founding partner with 270 Strategies who served most recently as National Regional Director for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she was responsible for overseeing the grassroots and public engagement programs in the Midwest and southern states.
Since launching 270 Strategies, Meg has used her extensive knowledge of grassroots campaigning and expertise in building effective organizations to support clients both in the United States and abroad. She is an advisor to Canada's New Democratic Party and has provided strategic guidance to American political campaigns and party committees at the national and local level. Meg is also an advisor to a number of foundations and advocacy organizations committed to improving public schools and ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed in college and their careers. She works closely with the College Board on a range of initiatives designed to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for underserved students.
Meg hails from a family of organizers and teachers and has long been passionate about education reform. Over nine years at Stand for Children - a multi-state advocacy organization committed to improving public schools - Meg held leadership positions including Chief of State Operations, Chief Operating Officer National Organizing Director, and Massachusetts State Director. During her tenure at Stand for Children, Meg was central to scaling the organization from a less than $1 million annual budget to more than $18 million prior to her departure. In addition, she helped launch and secure funding for the organization's Washington State, Arizona, and Indiana affiliates. In 2010, she worked with Governor Phil Bredesen in Tennessee to build grassroots support for a package of state legislative reforms called First to the Top. These changes in education policy - focused on improving outcomes for students and closing the achievement gap - paved the way for Tennessee to become in 2010 one of the two first-ever winners of the federal Race to the Top grant program.
Prior to the 2012 presidential cycle, Meg worked on a number of key political campaigns and efforts, including the final campaign of Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002 and the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign of Robert Reich. She also partnered with Jeremy Bird as a national trainer for staff at the Democratic National Committee in 2004.
Meg is a Boston native and graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned a B.A. in History and African Studies. She worked as a forest firefighter for several years as an undergraduate student and after college - where she was named to one of Oregon's elite "hotshot" teams. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with her husband Joel Gagne, their children Tess and Seamus, and their dog Wallis.