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Megan Russo L’22

As a first-generation college and professional student who has experienced homelessness, Megan has come to understand that although poverty is personally experienced, it is embedded within a national context. It is this shift in understanding – from a personal to a national context – coupled with her professional experience that has motivated her to pursue a law degree focused at the intersection of law and policy.  

As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Megan was a QuestBridge National Match Scholar and a Horatio Alger Ronald C. Waranch-Georgia Scholar. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in sociology where she wrote her honor’s thesis on the experiences of low-income students in elite institutional settings to better understand ways in which higher education can provide support for first-generation and low-income students.   

Upon graduating, Megan was part of the New Sector Alliance Residency in Social Enterprise fellowship which provides training and mentorship to early career professionals committed to working in the social sector long term. Afterwards, she worked as a project manager and research analyst in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute where she provided research and operational support to affect criminal justice reform and reduce mass incarceration. At Penn Law, Megan hopes to continue to promote more equitable and just laws and policies.