Megan is a systems thinker who started REALgnd Project in response to the overwhelmingly short-sighted rhetoric about energy and sustainability, filling a need for sober analysis and bold truth-telling.
Raised in Michigan and now residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Megan’s gypsy life has been defined by the transformative tension of opposites. She was raised in a conservative military family yet was deeply influenced by her distant environmentally and progressively oriented relatives. Her eclectic professional path includes horse packing in the wildernesses of Montana and Wyoming, running a small business, and working in the Forest Service and defense sectors. She has an M.S. in Systems Science/Environmental Management from Portland State University and a dual engineering and international studies B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She bridges the physical and spiritual, the rational and intuitive; is analytical yet artistic, irreverent yet sensitive, skeptical yet hopeful. The influence of a decade-long yoga practice combined with studying Eastern philosophies while writing her master’s thesis propelled her to begin exploring teacher plants, astrology, shamanism, and animism. These diverse - even seemingly contradictory - experiences and sensibilities have led quite naturally to REALgnd Project. As a Myers-Briggs INFJ, she is deeply fulfilled by being involved in this meaningful work.