Meg O’Grady is a senior leader with 25 years of experience developing and leading a broad spectrum of quality of life programs for service members, veterans and their families in both the government and in the private sector. She is the Vice President, Military and Public Sector Solutions at Purdue University Global where she leads a team that helps service members, military spouses and government organizations reach important milestones in their education and careers.
Prior to joining the Purdue team, Meg served as the Vice President, Veteran Business Strategy and Engagement on the Military and Veteran Affairs at First Data Corporation. There, she led a team of professionals that developed and launched the Coalition for Veteran Business, a coalition of Fortune 500 industry leaders committed to providing innovative solutions and thought leadership to grow and support Veteran-owned businesses in communities throughout the nation.
She has been a leader in the Department of Defense where she was responsible for strategic planning, legislative, program development, and contract oversight for Military Spouse Well-Being in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Over the course of her career, Meg has worked with the Army, federal contractors, non-profits and institutions of higher education. During her overseas tenure in Frankfurt, Babenhausen, Hohenfels and Baumholder, Germany, she worked with Army Family Advocacy, Army Education and the Army Career and Alumni Program. In Fort Hood, Texas, she piloted the first Active Duty Prenatal Physical Training program and chaired the Fort Hood Health Promotion Council. She was also the Chief of Staff for the team that developed veterans’ employment programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs and was the director of the Military One Source Wounded Warrior Resource and Military Spouse Career Centers.
Meg holds a Master of Education degree from National Louis University. She has contributed to numerous articles and publications.