Megan Wong has worked to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls in diverse capacities throughout her career. She is a senior policy advisor on strategic and regional 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 served as a member of U.S. delegations to the United Nations, spearheaded interagency efforts to restrict foreign governments’ use of child soldiers, and promoted the protection of refugee women and children globally. Megan was the Executive Director of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council at Georgetown University and has served at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia. Prior to joining the State Department, she lived in Italy and Syria, worked as a journalist, and was a legislative aide to members of the California State Legislature. She holds a BA in history from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University.