Meghan Olson

Founder, One for One

2020 Chicago Peace Fellow

The impetus for Meghan Olson’s work was a 2006 incident in which her father was falsely accused of a crime in Puerto Rico. While there, Father Miguel Ferrer provided guidance, kindness, compassion, and faith to the Olson family, and though Fr. Ferrer passed away shortly afterward, she founded the Ferrer Foundation to honor his life through the work being done within One For One. A lifelong Chicagoan, Ms. Olson worked with the Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education and facilitated the Cradle to Classroom Program on the West Side of Chicago. In 2010, Ms. Olson partnered with the Community Renewal Society to successfully change a Department of Corrections policy in favor of families of the incarcerated. Ms. Olson holds a B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies from Arizona State University and served on the advisory board for Passages Alternative Living Programs, a social service agency.

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