Megan Hophan

Associate - Grants

My role at Hirsch: 

I apply my keen eye for detail, passion for data, and strategic thinking to the grants administration process, managing diverse grant portfolios to empower philanthropists and our Hirsch team to fund impactful initiatives.

My journey to Hirsch: 

Before joining Hirsch Philanthropy Partners, I was an Executive Assistant at SPUR, an urban and regional planning organization in the Bay Area, where I supported executive operations and the food and agriculture policy team. I’m proud of a piece I co-authored about Engaging Communities During the Pandemic, offering ideas for local governments to meaningfully interact with constituents in a digital world. My work as a Research Assistant at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and as Chief Policy Intern for the Wisconsin State Senate provided me with broad experience about the impacts of inequality and how to move toward a more equitable society. I hold a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What inspires my work: 

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, I was acutely aware of both privilege and poverty, and how they impacted communities in lasting ways that perpetuate inequities for families and society. Working in philanthropy and grants management allows me to create positive change and expand opportunities for those who need it most.

In my free time: 

You can find me soaking up sunshine in Mission Dolores Park, making clothes on my sewing machine, or reading non-fiction.