Megan O'Dowd: Service to others

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"I was initially exposed to Rotary by a work colleague. At my first meeting, I immediately enjoyed the genuine camaraderie and the over-arching mantra “service about self”. After 7 years, I continue to learn and foster strong relationships with my fellow Rotary members! I am grateful for my time with Rotary and the important friendships I have established."

Housing Program Analyst, County of San Diego Housing and Community Development. Megan is the Lead of the Regional Continuum of Care Council, an entity that works to address the underlying causes of homelessness through structured planning activities with over 50 community stakeholders. In addition, she manages the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant dollars throughout San Diego County for homeless services. Previously, Megan was the Director of the San Diego Housing Commission’s Workforce and Economic Development Department. Here she oversaw the design, development, implementation and monitoring of self-sufficiency programs under the Achievement Academy umbrella – a one-stop for workforce development, asset building and income support services. Megan also has a non-profit background, working at the YWCA of San Diego County as the Director of Family Services. At the YWCA, she oversaw over 250 domestic violence and homeless beds as well as the 24 hour domestic violence hotline. 

Megan obtained her BA and MA degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Elmira College and San Diego State University. Her memberships, awards and achievements include:

2012-2013 Uptown Rotary President, Workforce Partnership’s Youth Council member, Juma Ventures Host Committee member, Girls on the Run Board member, La Mesa Human Relations Commissioner and Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.  

LEAD Impact San Diego Class of 2012

2011 The Centre for Organizational Effectiveness Public Management Academy

2011 Award of Merit: National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO): Achievement Academy

2010 NAHRO Award: Family Asset Building Model

2009 NAHRO Award of Merit: The Money Project Youth Asset Building Program

2008 recipient of San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award.