HU Employee Spotlight: Megan Tackney
At Humanity United, we are proud to work with a talented and dedicated team that brings curiosity, empathy and creativity to our commitment to create a world with greater peace and dignity.
Each month, we will highlight one of our team members and invite you to meet the individuals that make so much of our work possible.
Name and Position?
Megan Tackney, Investments Manager
Have you had any unusual pets?
I have not had any unusual pets, but my parents gave me a cat when I was 7 that I named Ariel after the Little Mermaid. I loved the movie as a child because it was about a woman trying to reclaim her voice. Coincidently, when I went off to college one of my first and closest friends had the same name. It took me years to admit it to her.
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman. The story dramatizes the siege of Masada in ancient Israel and profiles four magical, strong women who are trying to find themselves, keep secrets, and defeat an army of Romans. When I read it, I go to another time and secretly hope that I can bring some of the magic back.
What do you do for fun?
I bike around the city, go to art shows, and most recently I’ve gotten into baking pies that I decorate based on who I am giving them too.
What was your first job?
When I first got out of college, I had two part-time jobs. I was a case worker at a domestic violence shelter in rural NJ and an organizer for HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment. Before that I did a wide variety of things including being a waitress, working at clothing stores, and babysitting.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
I went backpacking in the canyons of Utah for four days. We had no cell phone service, and it was very hot. There was much less water than we expected, and we had to rock climb in and out of the canyons. I’d like to say it was always exhilarating, but I spent half of the time terrified.
Favorite travel location?
Anywhere near the water brings me peace and calm.
Favorite food indulgence?
I never turn down noodles or pasta – from Italian food to Thai food – I always want it.
What is something about you that may surprise others?
I have not driven a car in years. While I’m typically very confident and independent, driving terrifies me. I have spent most of my life living in a city so I never really needed to drive, but I know I will have to learn eventually.
What inspires you?
Resiliency. When I see people who have lost everything and yet they go on and find joy.