Congratulations to the 2021 Salute to Excellence finalists!

Megan O’Roark

Chief Learning & Leadership Officer

Contact: & 615-259-0100 x3460

Megan O’Roark is the Chief Learning & Leadership Officer for CNM. Joining the organization in 2015, she is currently responsible for overseeing CNM’s programmatic offerings including Education, Consulting, and Community Impact and Equity Initiatives as well as seeking thought leadership opportunities and special projects that can elevate the nonprofit sector. A self-professed data geek, Megan enjoys the process of complex problem solving and co-collaborating with all types of nonprofit leaders to create real and positive systemic change.

Her love for community service work began at an early age when she accompanied her grandparents to their volunteer shifts as museum docents. She has spent her career working and volunteering in the Nashville nonprofit sector for health care, performing arts, and human services organizations, and currently serves on the board of directors for Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, Megan enjoys any opportunity to facilitate with groups seeking to identify, address, or solve an organizational issue. She is trained in Technology of Participation (ToP)® Facilitation Methods. In 2021, Megan became licensed to offer consulting services for the Standards for Excellence® program by completing an exclusive professional development initiative that gives independent consultants the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about and implementing the Standards for Excellence code.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and German from Sewanee: The University of the South, and a Master of Education in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. When not at CNM, you can find Megan playing violin with the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, practicing yoga, traveling, or attending concerts, operas, musicals, and/or some kind of sporting event with her husband, Darwin.