Megan Fitzsimons

Chief Development Officer- Disabled/Displaced Program

Megan Fitzsimons started with the Arizona Leadership Foundation in June of 2014 working on the Disabled and Displaced student applications.  In 2016 her role expanded to include development for the Foundation. In 2023, Megan’s role transitioned to working full time for the development team. Prior to joining ALF, Megan was a special education teacher in the public-school system for eight years. Over the years she taught a range of abilities from low functioning autism, to moderate intellectual disabilities, to mild learning disabilities, in classrooms that ranged from self-contained to resource/inclusion. She obtained the skills needed to precisely write IEP’s (Individual Education Plans), appropriately run annual IEP meetings, and engage with other special education teachers, regular education teachers, parents and administration on a regular basis. Having this background enables Megan to read IEP’s/MET she has been able to help refine the application process by educating schools and parents about the requirements, resulting in fewer declined applicants.

In her development role, Megan has helped identify potential target donors and target key stakeholders within identified corporations. Megan thrives on creating a personal connection with each of her Corporate Champions.  In 2021 Megan joined WIFS (Women In Financial Services) both the local Phoenix Chapter as well as the National Chapter.  WIFS is an association of financial services professionals working together to attract, develop and advance women. Though joining WIFS, she has been able to expand her networking abilities thus increasing the awareness of ALF’s mission and attracting new corporate champions.  Megan has recorded a podcast with a current ALF Corporate Champion.  During the podcast episode they discussed the transformative power of collaboration in supporting children’s education via corporate tax credits.

Megan grew up in Michigan and Texas and moved to Arizona in 1998 with her family. She attended the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She is married with two children and lives in Scottsdale. Megan’s two daughters are both in competitive dance. She is an avid skier and loves to spend time with her family in Park City, UT. Megan’s family is passionate about giving back to the local community and local charities.