Edward Meagher is being recognized for his combination as a consummate leader, motivator and professional. He is a true champion of Veterans. Ed demonstrates excellence in how following your passion can truly make a difference. He has focused on delivering services that impact the lives of our nation’s Veterans for decades.
Throughout his distinguished Federal government career, Edward Meagher was known for his relentless efforts to push federal senior executives to embed information technology into the strategic decision making processes in Federal agencies. Ed/Edward was a strong proponent of giving agency Chief Information Officers (CIO) more influence which resulted in improving government performance. Ed enjoyed a long and impressive government career, that included senior positions at the Department of the Interior and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At VA, he was the senior information technology (IT) official in charge of IT operations of the government’s largest civilian department, with a multi-billion-dollar budget and over 225,000 employees in VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices and national cemeteries throughout the country. Federal Computer Week (FCW) referred to Ed as a “true public servant…”. His extensive career in both the public and private sectors in the area of IT and healthcare informatics spans over 40 years.
Ed is well known for his strong commitment to wounded Veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Active in the Veteran community, Ed currently serves on the boards of the Aleethia Foundation, Service Member Support Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project Advisory Board, VETSports, Help Heal Veterans Foundation and the Blue Star Families.
Ed has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Veteran community through his activism and leadership in several long standing foundations and community engagements. As founder of the Service Members Support Foundation, Ed has supported the very popular “Friday Night Dinners” as a volunteer since 2003. At these weekly gatherings, resilient service men and women, their families, caregivers and guests break bread, share stories and continue their healing process. For the last 13 years, Ed has orchestrated “Operations Covert Santa, which allows many injured soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to renew their belief in Santa, thanks to a group of anonymous “elves” who wrap and donate gifts. For many years, Meagher spearheaded the very successful “Operation Jumpstart”, a charity event to help returning war heroes to transition to civilian careers.