About

About

Megan EnglandBIOGRAPHY

Megan England was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Baker University. For the next 10 years, she worked at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City as the Retail Operations Manager which, under her management, was nominated for the national award of  “Best Museum Store” several times over.

At the White House with Jennifer Gunby, campaign Treasurer

At the White House with Cmbr. Gunby

In 2003, Megan and her husband, Matt, purchased their first home and moved to Roeland Park, Kansas, where they still reside.  Megan led a successful effort to save a neighborhood green space from development and, in 2007, her neighbors elected her to represent their voices on the Roeland Park City Council. At 31, she was one of the youngest to be elected in the City’s history. Megan quickly found public service as her new passion and in 2010, she left her career to serve full-time as a community leader. She was re-elected in 2011. With the city, Megan focused on environmental responsibility, social equality and public art. She was named “Kansas City’s Best Politician of 2011” by The Pitch newsweekly, and received multiple invitations to the White House to meet President Obama and his senior staff. In 2012, she was asked to represent the U.S. State Department in Japan and help foster and strengthen U.S. foreign political relations.

megan and kathleen sebilius

With Gov. Sebelius

Megan ran a strong campaign for the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012, marking the highest vote count by a Democrat in the race in decades.

Mrs. England’s proudest accomplishments on the Roeland Park City Council include leading the city to financial stability through the Great Recession while preparing for the possible departure of one of the city’s leading sales tax generators, preserving green space  from development to create a signature city park, creating public art programs, instituting green purchase policies and initiatives, enhancing resident communication, and instituting a non-discrimination ordinance for the LGBTQIA community–only the second city to successfully do so in the state of Kansas in a quarter of a century. Today, Roeland Park is the 5th Most Successful City in the Kansas, #2 Most Attractive to Millennials in the KC Metro, and property values rose 11% in one year.

 

CAREER:

  • Roeland Park City Council (2007-2015)
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art- Kansas City, MO (1999-2010)

EDUCATION:

  • Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Butler County Community College (El Dorado, Kansas)
    • Butler County Community College Student Senate (Student Body President)
    • Junior Ambassador to the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
  • Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (1999)
    • Director of the Art Affair Gallery
    • Women’s Varsity Soccer
    • Photographers Forum “Best of College Photography” (Finalist)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce
    • Legislative Affairs Committee (Member)
    • Leadership Northeast Program (2011)
  • City of Roeland Park, Kansas
    • City Council (2007-2015)
    • Roesland Elementary Site Council
    • Sustainability Committee (Founder)
    • Roeland Park Parks and Trees Advisory Committee (Chair)
    • Roe Manor Heights Neighborhood Committee (Secretary)
  • Northeast Johnson County Sustainability Coalition (Founding Member)
  • Johnson County Solid Waste Management Oversight Committee (2nd Class City Representative)
  • Arts Council of Johnson County–Executive Board (Secretary)
  • Friends of Johnson County Parks and Recreation (Board Member)
  • Johnson County 2020 Citizens Visioning Committee (NE JoCo Representative)
  • Mid America Regional Council (MARC)
    • Bike & Pedestrian Committee (Member)
    • Pedestrian Cyclist Safety Task Team (Member)
    • First Tier Suburbs Coalition (Roeland Park Representative)
  • OneArtsKC Cultural Regional Plan Steering Committee (Johnson County Representative)
  • Kansas City Electric Vehicle  Plug-In Readiness Task Force (Chair Gov’t Policy)
  • Metropolitan Energy Center-Clean Cities (Chair)
  • Madame President (Mentor)
  • Democratic Party (Precinct Chair)
  • Young Elected Officials Network –  of People for the American Way (State Director)
  • Local Progress – The National Municipal Policy Network (Founding Member)
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders (Japan Delegate)

LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES

  • Kansas Leadership Center
  • Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce–Leadership Northeast Program (2011)
  • Shadowcliff
  • League of Kansas Municipalities
  • National League of Cities
  • Landmark Forum and Advanced Course
  • Johnson County Community College- Business & Leadership (Continuing Education)

RESULTS FOR ROELAND PARK &

NORTHEAST JOHNSON COUNTY