Executive Director Megan Murphy has led the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) since 2012. NCGS is the leading advocate for girls’ schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls.
During Megan’s tenure, NCGS has achieved historic growth in programs, membership, and staffing. Megan’s vision and development of global strategic alliances lead to the first-ever Global Forum on Girls’ Education, resulting in over 950 educators from 23 countries coming together to exchange ideas about innovative approaches for academic excellence and the healthy development of girls. Megan recently engaged the Coalition’s Board of Trustees in a strategic visioning process to affirm the organization’s Purpose, Principles, and Practice. Under Megan’s leadership, NCGS is celebrating its quarter century anniversary at the forefront of girls’ education.
Previous to joining NCGS, Megan served as the Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs at Semester at Sea, a non-profit global education program in partnership with the University of Virginia. While there, Megan was instrumental in establishing a comprehensive development program and implementing a strategic outreach plan to 55,000 alumni world-wide. Previously she served as the Director of Development at all-girls Marlborough School where she directed the Leadership in Learning Campaign and led a talented team to raise more than $71 million in annual, capital, and endowment gifts. She has also served as the Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Allegheny College where she developed and implemented successful strategies to improve college-wide retention, and was a consultant with George Dehne and Associates, an admissions marketing and enrollment strategy firm.
Megan earned her B.A. in International Studies and French from Allegheny College and an M.A. in Public Administration and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Megan was a member of the Allegheny College Alumni Council for several years and served as the President of the Council in 2012-2013 In addition, she participated in the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads Program and the NCGS Strategic Leadership Institute.