Michael Meenan is the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Meenan has spent his entire professional career of close to four decades serving international nonprofits in leading financial operations, administration support, and compliance oversight. As CFO of IFES, he is responsible for all finance and accounting functions and will serve a critical role on the IFES leadership team. He leads the professional financial services department in the implementation of financial planning, programming, compliance, and policy development. His specific focus is on directing IFES’s system of robust internal controls, providing oversight of the organization's fiscal compliance with regulatory and governing bodies, and directing critical financial analysis, business process improvement, and decision support.
Meenan comes to IFES from Special Olympics, Inc., where he served as CFO. The Special Olympics movement is the world's largest sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Meenan began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, helping build the management capacity of small business owners. Since then, he worked in financial management internationally and domestically at Lutheran World Relief, American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, the Carter Center, and Save the Children.
Meenan holds a BBA in Economics and Accounting from Loyola University of Chicago, USA, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. He is a licensed CPA in Maryland, USA, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a native of the greater Chicago area. He resides in Maryland with his wife and two daughters.