Megan C. Clifford is Associate Laboratory Director for Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach. Her focus areas in this role include: maximizing outcomes of existing collaborations and partnerships; supporting the creation of new collaborations and partnerships; and support of lab-wide strategy and program development — all with the goal of increasing the impact of Argonne’s work.
Prior to serving in her current role, Clifford served as Argonne’s Chief of Staff. Working with leaders across the laboratory, Clifford stewarded Argonne’s change initiative to deliver lasting impact through science and technology leadership, research and operations excellence, and people development. She promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion within the laboratory through values-based leadership.
Clifford joined Argonne in November 2013. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, she served as director of Strategy and Innovation for the Global Security Sciences division. In this role, she developed strategies and programs with multidisciplinary teams to address a range of energy and global security challenges. Clifford’s career of more than 20 years has focused on national security and resilience policy and analysis, strategic planning, and program design. Her involvement in the national security mission dates back to the establishment of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she helped to create the foremost national preparedness doctrine.
Clifford previously held a senior executive position at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in Washington, D.C., where she served on the leadership team responsible for performance of the firm’s Justice and Homeland Security business.
Clifford received a BA in international business from The George Washington University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.