Megan Colnar is the director of strategy and impact for the Open Society Economic Justice Program.
Megan believes strongly in the power of evidence to inform solutions to combat extreme inequality and
injustice in the world. In her current role, she applies this principle by designing and leading strategy,
monitoring, and learning; organizational resilience; and innovation for the Economic Justice Program.
Prior to joining Open Society, Colnar was the global director for monitoring, evaluation, and learning at
The Hunger Project, where, among other innovations, she led advancements in mobile data collection
and designed the Women’s Empowerment Index. She is a recognized expert in evaluation methods and
practices across sectors with over 10 years of field and international experience in more than 35
countries for private, public, and nonprofit organizations.
Megan received her MPA in development practice from the School of International and Public Affairs at
Columbia University in 2012 and was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 2008 studying “In Peaces:
Nonviolence & Reconciliation Movements” in six countries. She also holds a BA in international studies
and Latin American studies from Rhodes College and specialized in post-graduate training in knowledge
management, contribution tracing, and principles-focused evaluation.