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Megan Queen Cantwell ​is an independent proposal development and strategic planning consultant based in Washington, DC.

Meg has led and contributed to a range of strategic planning efforts for secondary and postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations since 1994.

She served as senior consultant for special initiatives in the AASCU Grants Resource Center for 13 years, and continues to consult the organization on an ad hoc basis. During her full-time consultancy, she was editor of GrantWeek, the lead on GRC's external partnership and advocacy activities, and advisor to the executive director on long-range planning activities.

Meg has extensive experience as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and has conducted proposal development workshops on college and university campuses throughout the country.

Her experience also includes positions with federal and state agencies; she worked as an analyst in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a program manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families. 

She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from the College of Wooster.