Meg Willoughby joined Villanova in 2019 as the University’s first professional Faculty Ombuds. She is a member of the International Ombudsman Association. Willoughby is concurrently employed as Senior Attorney and Subject Matter Expert in the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, where she has practiced since 2005. In this role, she serves as an objective investigator of complaints against schools, including by their faculty and staff members, alleging discrimination and retaliation. While maintaining neutrality, Willoughby negotiates between the parties to the complaints, upholding strict confidentiality in these high-stakes resolutions. She was previously a litigation associate handling civil rights and commercial matters at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP, where she successfully resolved cases through alternative dispute resolution methods, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, as well as through traditional litigation. Willoughby received a JD from Rutgers University, Camden School of Law; a Masters of Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; and a BS In Marketing from Boston College.