2021 40 Under 40 award recipient: Megan Rydecki

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Megan Rydecki. Courtesy 616 Media

Megan Rydecki, 39

Community affairs manager

Consumers Energy

Megan Rydecki said her personal mantra is to love God and love people, so it’s probably no surprise she’s mostly held roles in public service and community development, where she can tangibly carry out this mantra.

As community affairs manager for Consumers Energy, Rydecki serves as the utility’s face and voice in Kent County, developing effective relationships and engaging with local government, business and community stakeholders. She also provides strategic leadership related to corporate philanthropy, so funds align with company and community priorities.

“I am privileged to hold a place of influence in our community, and I am passionate about using my various platforms to make life in West Michigan better for everyone who lives here,” she said.

Rydecki said her greatest professional accomplishment was becoming board chair for Grand Valley State University and recently being reappointed to that position by her peers for a second year.

“GVSU is a leading public institution, and I have the great privilege of collaborating with the president and my fellow trustees in leading our efforts to educate students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies,” Rydecki said. “From tuition and board rates, to financing buildings, to setting high level strategy and hiring presidents — the final decisions fall to us.”

During her tenure on the board, Rydecki was one of just two trustees on the search committee that hired President Philomena Mantella and assisted with transition and onboarding. She also was a significant voice in the Belknap neighborhood development, which included the Raleigh Finklestein building and forthcoming affordable housing.

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