Megan Dearden

Project Manager


1410 SW Morrison St., Suite 502

Portland, OR 97205

Megan transforms ideas into reality, planning and managing the delivery of COMPASS events that train scientists and connect them to the world. Her superpower is translating large, complex, messy concepts into beautifully color-coded Gantt charts and project plans. Since joining the team in 2014, she has helped choreograph many of COMPASS’ signature events, from the Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science to our Journalist Fellowship programs. Megan leads efforts to make COMPASS a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space where we challenge the status quo and find ways to bring people together.


Megan has a professional certificate in Project Management from Portland State University and a B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Crime & Justice from Oregon State University. She loves exploring the natural world through backcountry and downhill skiing, trail running, biking, and backpacking. When she is not on a trail in the scenic Pacific Northwest, she’s spending time with friends, family and her fur children—Hank, a 23-year-old horse, and Teddy, a border collie.

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