Megan Bogaerts earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in history and English from the University of Illinois in 2006. After graduation, she completed internships with the Office of U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin and an architectural planning and preservation firm in Chicago where she researched, authored, and edited content for Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature by Doug Farr (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). From 2007-2014, Bogaerts worked as a neighborhood development program manager at the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC. She generated technical content for the LEED for Neighborhood Development Green Building Rating System; provided in-depth technical assistance to communities; and provided editorial oversight for the most recent LEED reference guides. She also managed a committee of 15 internationally known experts in sustainability. At the University of Michigan, Bogaerts is pursuing a dual degree in public policy and natural resources.