Megann E. Anderson Fischer has served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families (NJACYF) since 2009. In her role as executive director she is responsible for advocacy on the state and national levels, analysis and interpretation of policy, organizing internal committees and working with external committees, and working with NJACYF members to ensure children, youth and families in New Jersey receive the services they need to be successful. Mrs. Anderson Fischer has dedicated her career to working with children, youth and families in New Jersey. Her passion for working with children began while in law school. Mrs. Anderson Fischer was awarded a public interest fellowship to work with the Office of the Public Defender, Law Guardian Program where she worked with children in abuse/neglect and parental termination cases. After graduation, Mrs. Anderson Fischer continued her work with the Office of the Public Defender in the Parental Representation Unit. In this position she worked with parents in abuse/neglect and parental termination cases to help parents ensure compliance with court orders and to prepare cases for trial.
Mrs. Anderson Fischer served as a program specialist for the Department of Health and Senior Services, Health Care Quality Oversight Division, where she represented the division at abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property hearings before the Office of Administrative Law and was responsible for the enforcement of federal and state fines, penalties and curtailments for violations of federal and state regulations in health care facilities and was a member of the internal dispute resolution panel. Also during her service to the State of New Jersey, Mrs. Anderson Fischer worked for the Attorney General’s Office, Education, Health and Human Services Division representing agencies including: Department of Veteran and Military Affairs, Division of Developmental Disabilities and Department of Health and Senior Services. While attending law school, she worked for the United States Department of Justice in the United States Attorney General’s office and as a law clerk for Judge Thomas J. Rueter, United States Magistrate in United States District Court in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Anderson Fischer received her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA where she majored in Political Science and Public Administration and minored in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Anderson Fischer received her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law where she was awarded a public interest fellowship.