Meg Gardinier has been the Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance since July 2015. She provides strategic direction for the network of 11 Alliance members and the Secretariat team in New York.
Meg is an international, not-for-profit advocate specializing in women’s and children’s issues. She has more than 25 years’ experience in NGO development, advocacy, fundraising, strategic leadership and volunteer management.
She has held leadership positions in a range of child rights organizations, including senior coordinator of the Elevate Children Funders Group; director of Arigatou International – New York; managing director of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF; and executive director of the International Catholic Child Bureau – North America. She has also undertaken consultancies for Save the Children and the Global Network of Religions for Children. Meg is a founding member of the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and a board member of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking.
Meg holds a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. She is married to Thomas Lawder, and is the mother of three daughters.