Megan Wong has worked to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls in diverse capacities throughout her career. She is currently a Senior Advisor on gender and human rights issues in the Middle East for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Megan has been a career officer with the U.S. Department of State for more than 12 years during which time she has been a member of U.S. delegations to the United Nations, advanced women’s human rights, spearheaded interagency efforts to restrict foreign governments’ use of child soldiers, and promoted the protection of refugee women and children globally. Megan has served at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan and was previously the Executive Director of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, a public-private partnership based at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the State Department, Megan worked as a journalist, was a legislative aide in the California State Legislature, and lived in Italy and Syria. She holds a BA in history from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University.