Megan Ellyia Green was born in rural upstate New York and is the daughter of two teachers. Her parents, Kansas City natives, relocated to New York for her father’s teaching job. Megan’s mother was a president of a Teacher’s union and taught Megan from a young age to not only love learning but to also be a champion for working people.
Megan moved to St. Louis in 2005 to participate in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs after earning her BA in Political Science at Penn State University, where she was President of Penn State College Democrats and a rape crisis volunteer at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.
Before being elected 15th Ward Alderwoman in 2014, Megan spent a decade working in the non-profit and education areas for organizations such as Shalom House, Lemay Child and Family Center, and ChildCare Aware of Missouri. It was through this work that Megan saw up close the real-world impact that policies and politics have on people, and how many people in our community are being left out and left behind.
Since taking office, Megan has become the progressive champion of St. Louis, fighting for a higher minimum wage, civilian oversight of our police department, reproductive rights for women, protections for survivors of domestic violence, marijuana legalization, and responsible development with community benefits. More recently, she gained attention for her powerful #MeToo post to bring attention to issues of sexual assault and harassment.
As a result of her leadership, Megan was presented the 24th Annual Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Award from the Worker’s Education Society, the 2017 Martin Luther King Human Rights Award from the Coalition of Black Trade Unions, and the Human Rights Coalition Unsung Shero Award.
In 2016, Megan was elected to represent Missouri as a Member of the Democratic National Committee for the next four years and also sits on the Executive Committee for the Missouri Democratic Party. Recently, Green joined the Board of Directors of Local Progress, a national organization committed to bringing together local progressive elected officials to drive progressive policy at a local level. In those roles, Megan ensures that the needs of St. Louis are heard at both the state and national levels, while advancing progressive policy at a local level.
In addition to her B.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, she holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University, and is currently in the final stages of completing her Ph.D. in Education Policy at St. Louis University. Megan also currently works at Washington University in St. Louis as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Brown School of Social Work.