Meaghan McDonald is the Director of Programs at the National Network for Safe Communities. She sets the direction for programmatic work, overseeing the tactical, cross departmental needs of our programs; serves as the point of contact on programmatic side for all business development; manages relationships and projects that are cross-portfolio, working to build and manage relationships with other practitioners; and supports the implementation of interventions with partner sites.
Prior to her current role, Meaghan McDonald has served as both the Director of Field Innovations and the Director of the Group Violence Intervention at NNSC. In these roles, Ms. McDonald designed, advised on, and advanced the emerging interventions being implemented by the National Network’s partner jurisdictions and supervised the team of advisors who provide strategic advising to cities implementing violence reduction strategies.
Prior to joining the National Network, Meaghan McDonald worked in the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Public Safety in Philadelphia as part of the Focused Deterrence Group Violence Intervention strategy. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, she worked to build community and social service provider partners to increase knowledge of and support for the strategy. She also spent four years working at Saint Joseph’s University, most recently as a Senior Analyst in the Office of Enrollment Management.
Meaghan McDonald holds a MA in Criminal Justice and BS in Sociology both from Saint Joseph’s University.