OEN NewsMeet our New Director of Membership Services

Megan OLeary - New OEN Membership DirectorAt OEN, we have a small but mighty full-time staff of four. That means when a new staff member comes on board, it’s a big deal!

Megan O’Leary, our new Director of Membership Services, will be meeting you for coffee, greeting you at PubTalk, and working hard behind the scenes to help you and your startup thrive.

Megan has over 13 years of professional experience, which began as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year. This marked the beginning of 10 years in the education space, where she developed programs, managed staff, trained volunteers, raised money, and executed special events.

In 2011, she was selected to lead the start-up of City Year’s 22nd U.S. location in Sacramento and successfully opened the doors in six months. Megan came to Oregon in 2013 where she most recently was leading Community Affairs for global nonprofit Idealist.org’s Portland office.

Megan holds a BA from The University of Arizona and is a proud member of her alma mater’s Wildcat for Life Alumni Leadership Council. She currently serves as Board Chair for YNPN Portland.

Here’s more from Megan:

What about your new job makes you most excited?
I’m most excited about getting to meet all the super creative entrepreneurs and to learn about how OEN can be helpful to them in starting their venture.

Are you a morning or night person?
Getting up in the morning is really hard for me, but it’s my favorite time of the day to be awake. I love seeing the sun rise!

What’s your favorite Portland coffee shop?
How (and why) do you choose?!? The first latte I had in Portland I remember saying “whoa” about was at the downtown Case Study Coffee.

Favorite Portland food cart?
I love Guero at Pod 28.

What’s the most life-changing book you’ve read in the last three years?
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It’s a collection of her Dear Sugar internet advice columns. I think about The Ghost Ship That Didn’t Carry Us often.

Best TV show of all time?
The Wire

When it comes to snacking, do you trend sweet or salty?
Both! Think churro popcorn or brownies with sea salt.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Easy – teleport.

Which bad habits drive you crazy?
Don’t clip your fingernails around me!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

List 5 goals on your life’s to-do list:
1. Get a dog
2. Go back to school
3. Bake or arrange flowers for a living
4. Give back substantially to my community
5. Attend Wimbledon

Name one thing you miss about being a kid:
Naptime, field trips, drinking glasses of milk…you name it.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
Cook a meal that makes for a great dinner and leftover weekday lunch.

What would choose as your last meal?
Mexican food: cheese enchiladas, beans & rice, guacamole, sopapillas & honey.

If you were to start your own company, what would it be?
I’d start a general store with two of my girlfriends – jars of pickles, greeting cards, bulk candy.

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