I am pleased to announce that Meg Phillips has been appointed the new External Affairs Liaison for the National Archives.
As external affairs liaison within the Office of Strategy and Communications Office, Meg will manage NARA’s relationships with stakeholder groups, including professional organizations of archivists, records managers, and historians as well as public interest groups. She will be particularly focused on fostering an Open NARA by increasing dialog, collaboration, and engagement between NARA and all kinds of stakeholders.
Meg comes to her new position with 11 years of experience working with a broad cross-section of offices within the National Archives and with several key stakeholder groups. Most recently, she has been the Electronic Records Lifecycle Coordinator in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Meg has been involved with two large-scale electronic records initiatives, NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA) project and the Managing Government Records Directive.
For ERA, she organized and chaired the Business Requirements Group of internal stakeholders and worked to improve communication with and elicit feedback from ERA’s external stakeholders, including the Advisory Committee on ERA (ACERA). Her work included determining needs and prioritizing business requirements for the final phase of ERA development and working with Information Services staff to plan for the future. Meg also explained ERA’s status and plans to external stakeholders such as the staffs of NARA’s Congressional oversight and appropriations committees.
As part of her work on the projects organized under the Managing Government Records Directive, Meg established a working group of Federal partners to address electronic records automation and set up opportunities to engage private industry in the goals of the Directive.
Meg joined NARA in 2002 as a Senior Records Analyst in the Mid Atlantic Region; in 2008, she became the Electronic Records Project Manager and ERA adoption coordinator for the Office of Regional Records Services. She became the Electronic Records Lifecycle Coordinator in 2010. She has been based at the National Archives at Philadelphia throughout her NARA career, helping her keep in touch with Agency and Research Services operations in the field.
Before coming to NARA, Meg ran the archives and records management program for the American College of Physicians. She has a BA in history from Haverford College, an MA in history from the University of Chicago, and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meg is a Certified Records Manager and an active participant in the Society of American Archivists.
David McMillen, who has served as NARA’s External Affairs Liaison since 2005, will become a special assistant to the Chief of Strategy and Communication. He will assist Meg in her transition.
Meg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-837-3111. I encourage you to contact her to discuss your ideas for ways the National Archives can engage more actively with our stakeholders and become a more Open NARA.
DAVID S. FERRIERO
Archivist of the United States