Senior Vice President, Community Relations, Executive Director, Astros Foundation
Meg Vaillancourt joined the Astros in December 2012. Prior to joining the Astros, Meg was senior vice president of corporate relations and executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, the Red Sox official team charity, and oversaw the Foundation's extremely successful fundraising efforts and developed the team's award-winning charitable programs.
A New Hampshire native, Meg was raised in the Manchester Children's Home and graduated from Harvard College with honors. As a Rhodes Scholar, she studied at Oxford University before embarking on a journalism career, working as a TV reporter for public television, an associate documentary producer and State House and Business reporter for The Boston Globe. She left journalism to work for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft as the NFL team's vice president of corporate and community affairs. Responsible for managing Patriot players' community appearances and assisting with the team's government relations, she also worked with the Kraft family in support of the NE Patriots Charitable Foundation.
Hired by the Red Sox in 2003, she helped the team's then new owners build the Red Sox Foundation into the largest and most successful team charity in Major League Baseball. In the past 10 years under Meg's leadership, the Foundation raised more than $60 million for non-profit programs including the team charity's cornerstone initiatives and has won numerous national awards, including the Patterson Award for "Best Team Charity in Sports" by The Sports Philanthropy Project and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The impact of the Red Sox Foundation's programs was also recognized with the first ever "MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence."
She served on a variety of charitable boards, including the selection committees for Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, and was the recipient of the Lady Powell Award, bestowed on "a distinguished woman who has had a significant impact on area youth through service, leadership and personal example." Named "Executive of the Year" by Women's Business Magazine, she was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as a state Commissioner of the Commonwealth Corps, to encourage community service. She also serves as an elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association board and was a founding board member of the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund.
A resident of Houston, Meg looks forward to engaging Astros fans of all ages as well as new sponsors and partners in the team's community and philanthropic programs.
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