Meg Schomp is a Denver native who grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the youngest of six girls. Her mother, Kay, was a community activist who ran for the Denver Public Schools Board of Education in 1973 at the height of the political turbulence over school busing to achieve integration. Meg’s father was an automobile dealer in the South Metro area.
Meg learned first-hand about the challenges and successes that come from a diverse district. As a DPS student while the school-desegregation controversy raged, Meg volunteered to be bused from her neighborhood school to Smiley Jr. High School.
Meg is married to David Schachter, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law. They are the proud parents of 11-year-old twins, Luke and Katie, who both attend public schools in Denver. Luke is a sixth-grader at Denver Green School (DGS), the family’s innovation neighborhood school that emphasizes the environment and sustainability. Katie attends the Denver School of the Arts (DSA), a magnet school with a focus on high academic and artistic excellence. Meg and David also have two adult children (one of whom graduated from DPS), four grandchildren and a friendly labradoodle named Oakley.
Meg has devoted her life to her children and community. Professionally, she was a social worker and owned and operated a drop-in daycare and preschool, Short Stop for Kids. As a social worker, Meg worked with children, young adults and seniors dealing with a variety of mental disorders. As the Director of The LEAP Corporation, Meg sought and found opportunities for those struggling with mental health issues, to socialize and actively engage in athletics and the arts. Today, she is a full-time volunteer, supporting her children’s schools in many ways, including:
- Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation – Serves as secretary-treasurer and administrator of the annual Kay Schomp Follow Your Dreams Scholarships, initiated in 2001 to recognize graduating seniors committed to using their arts to enhance and improve their communities.
- Denver Green School – Parent Teacher Association board member
- Lowry Elementary School – Parent Teacher Organization past-president; Curriculum Support and Communications chair; CSC Liason
- George Washington Neighborhood Association (GWHOA) – past-Vice President
- Steck Elementary School – CSC member
- Denver School of the Arts – Member of two principal selection committees
- School Improvement Accountability Council (SIAC) member