Megan E. Garcia

Senior Fellow & Director, New America CA

Megan Garcia is senior fellow & director of New America CA, exploring how the work of New America’s programs links to exciting local approaches to problem solving taking place on the west coast. She is an expert on national security policy and writes about how it can be better informed by the processes deployed in Silicon Valley and other centers of innovation.

Previously, Garcia was a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she oversaw the creation of the foundation’s Cyber Initiative, designed to help generate a field of cybersecurity and Internet Policy experts more focused on the public good. She also oversaw Hewlett’s Nuclear Security initiative, a portfolio of grants with the goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world. Garcia has been military legislative assistant to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a policy fellow for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) during his time in the House of Representatives, a consultant to USAID’s Office of Military Affairs, and has worked for Public Citizen California.

Garcia holds a master’s in public policy with a focus on national security from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in American History and Literature from Harvard University.

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NEW AMERICA CA
World Policy On Air: "Racist in the Machine"

Megan Garcia discusses her latest piece about race, sexism and biases in algorithms on the World Policy Journal Podcast.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
Decrypting the Cybersecurity Gender Gap

Gender disparity in the cybersecurity industry isn’t just a problem for women.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA
Women in Cybersecurity: 4 Questions for New America's Anne-Marie Slaughter and Megan Garcia

Anne-Marie and Megan hosted a conversation at the Hewlett Foundation last week called “Decrypting the Gender Gap: Women in Cybersecurity,” a


We May Fail

New America is expanding its network into California and beyond to connect social innovators and policy experts. Megan Garcia explains why r