Megan Tackney serves as Executive Director of the Children’s Cabinet. She was previously Deputy Chief of Staff in the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services, helping to oversee the city’s health, human services, and homelessness programs.
Megan joined the City of New York after working with the cities of Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Chicago to find new solutions to labor and sexual exploitation. Prior to that she served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services. She acted as Special Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary where she provided policy and programmatic support for a diverse set of large-scale federal human services programs, including those addressing early childhood education, domestic violence, homelessness, refugees, migrant unaccompanied children at the border, child welfare, trafficking, and teen pregnancy.
She also spent six years with the National Women’s Law Center leading advocacy campaigns on gender equity and family economic security. Her work has been featured and published in Vanity Fair Magazine, The Center for Advanced Studies for Child Welfare, MinnPost, WBEZ Chicago, Governing Magazine, Cities Today and Re-Wire News. Megan holds a master of public administration degree in human rights from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University.
Prior to joining the Children’s Cabinet, Amryll worked with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice where she spearheaded the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) initiative at the Bushwick Houses, with the goal to improve the built environment, improve access to programming and jobs, and help residents and city agencies work in partnership to bring down crime. Leading a group of dedicated stakeholders, Amryll was able to develop a strategic plan to Increase opportunities for youth through mentorship and employment at the Bushwick Houses.
Additionally, her commitment to public service and building community are attributed to her time with the Young Men’s Initiative and NYC Service. Amryll holds a B.A. in Economics from Siena College