Dugan Bassett Consulting works with non-profits, foundations, and government agencies to produce high impact publications and build social momentum through digital media.

Founded by Meegan Bassett, we tap the expertise of talented freelance writers, editors, graphic designers, and digital media experts to help your world-changing ideas get noticed by the right people in our rapidly changing world. We work with multiple freelancers in each skill area to ensure we have someone to meet your needs no matter how busy we get.


Meegan Bassett

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Meegan has a reputation as a strategic thinker who merges right and left brain thinking. She loves a good challenge and enjoys finding new solutions to social issues.

Making the world a better place has been her passion since college. Beginning in 1998, Meegan has worked in higher education policy reform, workforce development, community organizing, youth development, and community development. Past projects include successfully advocating for policy changes to make Illinois financial aid more accessible to low-income adults, including over $35 million in increased funding.
a former McCormick-Tribune Urban Leadership fellow, she holds a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from North Park University and a M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Her issue interests include environmental policy, racial equality, labor economics, international economic development, and rural development.

In her free time, she enjoys swimming in Lake Michigan with her daughter, gardening, dancing, reading, and anything that keeps her out of dish duty at home.

Lauren Monaco

After spending her childhood doodling, Lauren now spends her days working as a graphic designer and illustrator. Lauren is a favorite with the Dugan Bassett team for her impeccable taste, speedy turn-arounds, and pleasant personality. She studied Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis, and has since moved to Chicago, IL. When she’s not working, she can often be found trying out different recipes in her tiny kitchen or drawing pictures of food.

Meet a few members of the freelance team...

Megha Hamal Kauffman

Megha refers to herself as a creative strategist and a thinker. Her multi-faceted experience in communications combined with an infectious “can-do” attitude will play a key role in helping clients simplify their messages and develop digital media plans that ultimately further their mission.

Originally hailing from the Himalayas, Megha received her undergraduate degree in Advertising from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and a master’s degree in Mass Media from University of Illinois, Springfield. Megha began writing at a young age and has worked as a contributing writer for major English publications in Nepal and as a co-editor of her college newspaper. In the past, she has also worked as a Fashion and Beauty Writer for Brown Girl Magazine, a premier online publication targeted to young South Asian women raised in the United States.

Her experience in strategic communications, branding, and policy analysis has strengthened her belief in the importance of strategic branding. She believes that an organization's longevity is dependent on thriving in the new business reality--which requires making the mind-set shift from survival to growth. Staying open to change, innovation, and forward thinking are essential to success.

When not working, she spends her time with her husband Josh Kauffman and catching up with her family in Nepal through

Skype. She is very thankful for technology these days!

Kate Danielson

Originally from Michigan, Kate is known for her intelligence, wonderful sense of humor, and commitment to social justice. Her career began as a high school English teacher on the South side of Chicago, where she founded a small learning community for students interested in careers in writing and revitalized a student newspaper. She has also worked to advocate for educational equity through non-profit work, running a successful mentoring program and teaching workshops on writing and college access and success to students across the Chicago area. Kate received her B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Teaching at North Park University and an M.S. in Advanced Teaching at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. 

At home, Kate's two young boys demand that she maintain a sense of humor and humility, and share her love of gardening and living room dance parties.