New key hires will enhance the Foundation’s capabilities as Memorial enters Design Approval Phase
Today the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation (GWOTMF) announced that Megan Fuentes has joined the Foundation as Vice President of Public Relations and Communications. Additionally, Mary Catherine Morris is now serving as the Foundation’s Manager of Special Projects.
Megan Fuentes has spent more than a decade working for or with nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Executive Director of Account Services and Event Experience for Minerva Consulting. Previously, she worked on the External Affairs team at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. She has also worked in the Capitol Hill offices of Congressman Michael McCaul and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
“As an American with family members and friends who have served in the Global War on Terrorism, I feel a great personal debt to all who have served and sacrificed for our country,” said Megan Fuentes. “I am profoundly grateful to have the opportunity to help bring the Memorial to life and tell the powerful stories of our Global War on Terrorism heroes to all who visit the National Mall. My past experience living in Washington, D.C. has given me a solemn respect for our nation’s monuments and memorials, and I am eager to bring that understanding into my exciting new role.”
Mary Catherine Morris
Mary Catherine is a former member of the U.S. Government as a Student Trainee at the U.S. Department of State where she focused on issues related to paramilitary operations, the Middle East, weapons and counter-proliferation, and terrorism. She also has experience working on Capitol Hill assisting Congress members on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. A graduate of Liberty University, she holds a B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in Strategic Intelligence and Arabic and minors in Government, Intelligence, and Military History. Committed to increasing education surrounding national security issues, she helped found and was involved in several campus organizations relating to national security, foreign policy, humanitarian issues, and intelligence. As a student, she was a member of two student task forces responsible for analysis and briefings on a variety of issues for the Defense Intelligence Agency and Virginia State Police Joint Terrorism Task Force. She has published work in Liberty University’s Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy focusing on the ideological conflict between Liberalism and Fundamentalism that has laid the foundation for the ideological and religious conflicts of the Global War on Terrorism.
Mary Catherine Morris stated, “As someone with family members in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, and a friend to former colleagues who either served or gave their lives in the Global War on Terrorism, I have immense gratitude and admiration for all those who have answered the call to defend America and her freedoms. These quiet professionals deserve a place of honor where their sacrifices can be remembered with sanctity and reverence. As someone who grew up after September 11th, it is an honor to join the Foundation’s team and help lead a new generation in commemorating our heroes.”
“The Foundation is proud to welcome aboard two individuals as supremely talented as Megan and Mary Catherine,” said GWOTMF President and CEO Michael “Rod” Rodriguez. “As the Foundation enters the Design Approval Phase on the path to the Memorial’s completion, they will each be instrumental in ensuring all of our efforts stay on azimuth and are running full speed ahead.”
“The Foundation has been blessed with an abundance of talented personnel capable of driving our mission forward,” said GWOTMF Board Chair Ted Skokos. “The Board of Directors knows that Megan and Mary Catherine are the right choices for a team that continues to distinguish itself in competence, professionalism, and integrity.”
For Megan and Mary Catherine’s official photographs and full bios, visit the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation team page.