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Megan Colnar

Non-Executive Director

Megan is a recognized expert and thought leader in strategy, impact measurement and management, learning, and organizational resilience for complex, dynamic social change efforts.

As the owner and principal of Revolution Impact—an agency that guides social change leaders, organizations, funders, and investors to maximize their social impact—she supports social change actors to be as resilient and impactful as possible, and as a fierce champion of equity and inclusion, assists in applying these lenses to social change work.

Whether in a nonprofit, philanthropy, or investor, Megan has a keen ability to see straight to the heart of problems and guide leaders and teams to co-create solutions, and contribute to building stronger, happier teams who are more focused on cohesive impact of their work.

Megan believes in the power of evidence, strategic thinking, and adaptive learning to resolve the toughest challenges facing the world today. Most recently, as the Director for Strategy & Impact of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Economic Justice Program and the impact investment arm (Soros Economic Development Fund), Megan led the design of strategies to spend over half a billion dollars and oversaw the creation of OSF’s first trailblazing monitoring, evaluation, & learning (MEL) system and team. She oversaw learning, accountability, and resilience efforts across EJP and SEDF to more impactfully distribute $120-160 million in grants and investments annually.

Megan also designed and chaired OSF’s first specially dedicated organization health fund, while also supporting dozens of OSF partners’ strategy and MEL work directly.

In previous roles, which included Global Director for MEL at The Hunger Project, Megan oversaw groundbreaking and award-winning advancements in real-time data collection and evaluation of complex outcomes.  Through dedication to innovation and customization in MEL, she introduces new systems and approaches, and equips global and regional teams with stronger strategy and impact management skills. Megan also applies her specialized training in storytelling, knowledge management, contribution tracing, leadership and management, and principles-focused evaluation to bring data to life and foster strong accountability practices.

Megan received her Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, undertaking a year-long independent research and reflection on nonviolence and reconciliation movements in six countries on four continents.

Megan holds a BA in International Studies and Latin American Studies from Rhodes College. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and advanced in Portuguese and has worked in over 50 countries across six continents including long-term engagement and lived experience in Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Northern Ireland/UK, Rwanda, and the United States.