FOXBORO, Mass - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the hiring of Meg Vaillancourt, who joins the Kraft Group as the vice president for corporate and community affairs. In that role, she will be responsible for coordinating the Kraft Group's public and philanthropic efforts, including the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.
Underscoring the Kraft family's commitment to the region, she will also oversee the community and government relations for both the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and the New England Revolution. In addition, she will work with the Patriots to help direct the team's player development program, which includes continuing education, as well as career and family assistance programs.
"Robert Kraft has assembled a championship team both on and off the field," said Vaillancourt. "I am thrilled to be joining such a talented group. I'm especially excited about supporting and extending the Kraft family's extraordinary record of charitable donations and civic leadership."
A veteran reporter for The Boston Globe, Vaillancourt covered the business of sports, politics and public policy for the newspaper since 1993. Prior to that, she worked for nearly a decade as a television reporter at The Ten O'Clock News on WGBH-TV, on Monitor Television and as a commentator and contributing reporter on other cable and radio programs.
A resident of Boston, Vaillancourt grew up in New Hampshire and attended Harvard College. Upon graduation, she studied politics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before returning to Boston to begin her journalism career.