Before her appointment in the OMVA, Leis served in the United States Navy. She earned her commission through Notre Dame’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 2011. During her Naval Service, she served as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, completing tours of duty aboard USS Port Royal and USS Gerald R. Ford, including a deployment to the Arabian Gulf. Most recently, Leis served as an executive officer at the Navy’s largest enlisted engineering training facility in Great Lakes, IL. She continues to serve as a Navy Reservist.
Megan Leis was named Notre Dame’s assistant director for military and veterans affairs in 2019. In this capacity, she formulates, organizes, and monitors inter-connected projects that advance the mission of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA). She is also responsible for planning and managing Storm the Stadium, a premier outreach event; the Notre Dame Warrior-Scholar Project, an academic program designed to prepare service members for the pivot from the battlefield to the classroom; and enhances the operations of the OMVA in a way that is strategic and adheres to the University’s priorities and values.
Leis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology Management with a Mediterranean and Middle East Studies minor from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
She lives in South Bend with her husband, Eric, and their two children.