2Meghan López, the International Rescue Committee’s Regional Vice President for Latin America, is a Doctorally prepared Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience working internationally for vulnerable communities. She is also Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University.

Meghan leads the IRC’s Latin America response to the humanitarian crisis across the region, contributing to the protection and promotion of rights and well-being of children, families and other populations in vulnerable situations, whether displaced, fleeing violence and unrest or stuck seeking asylum through a range of creative approaches including humanitarian CASH programming, access to information through the Global Signpost project, protection, education and health responses.

Meghan has widely presented and published in peer-reviewed journals on quality early childhood care, integral health, development, violence and toxic stress. Meghan has previously lived and worked in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Paraguay, studied in Morocco, had assignments in Argentina, Bolivia, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and the Philippines, and served as an NGO representative to the United Nations in New York and the Beijing +5 conference in Lima, Peru. In 2017 Meghan received Johns Hopkins University’s Global Achievement Award. In 2019 she received the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing award for Innovative Research for her doctoral work implementing a violence prevention project in communities impacted by gangs in El Salvador in collaboration with UNICEF: “Setting up for Success: Breaking Transgenerational Experience of violence by Supporting Positive Parenting

CAREER SUMMARY:

Meghan is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked in international program development and management for more than 20 years. Meghan received her Bachelor of Arts in the Politics of Religion from Dartmouth College, after which she spent four years in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. She returned to the United States and worked with a development contractor while she became a nurse and doula. While working at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Comprehensive Oncology Center, Meghan pursued a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and then moved to private practice. When a position with Whole Child International become open to work on a child development project, Meghan was thrilled to move to Nicaragua as Country Director. Staying with the organization for 9 years Meghan became Regional Director for Latin America and then Global Director for Programs before transitioning to the International Rescue Committee as Head of Mission for El Salvador and then Regional Vice President for Latin America.

Meghan is Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and certified by the Inter-American Development Bank as an Online Teacher in Early Childhood Development. Meghan also has published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as authoring, and editing a tool for assessment of the quality childcare in limited-resource settings (WCI-QCUALS), a University course test book on child development and care for children in vulnerable situations, and direct caregiver training programs, and led a 217 site 7 arm RCT investigation across multiple gang territories as PI in El Salvador.
Meghan has previously lived and worked in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Paraguay, studied in Morocco, had assignments in Argentina, Bolivia, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and the Philippines, and served as an NGO representative to the United Nations in New York and the Beijing +5 conference in Lima, Peru. In 2017 Meghan received Johns Hopkins University’s Global Achievement Award. In 2019 she received the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing award for Innovative Research for her doctoral work implementing a violence prevention project in communities impacted by gangs in El Salvador in collaboration with UNICEF: “Setting up for Success: Breaking Transgenerational Experience of violence by Supporting Positive Parenting.