Jewelry Designer’s Creativity Leads to New Google Venture

Meg Galligan '87 with jewelry samples

Photo by Nancy Lane

Meg Galligan ’07 is making her way to San Francisco, where she’ll be promoting Google’s next foray into the advertising world while working to expand her own jewelry line.

At 25, Galligan, a Bostonian with roots in West Newbury, is one of the nearly 20,000 people working at one of the world’s fastest-growing companies.  Hired two years ago, Galligan has spent her weekdays helping Boston-area advertising firms place ads for their clients on Google, and her nights and weekends making edgy but affordable necklaces and earrings.

“I always say you can wear them with a white T-shirt and jeans, or a black cocktail dress,” Galligan said about her Margaret Elizabeth line. Her design skills and entrepreneurial spirit helped her land the Google gig.

After graduating from Boston College in 2007, she settled into an apartment in Beacon Hill, and began making the colorful necklaces and earrings that now sell at The Beauty Mark on Charles Street, Jari on Clandon Street and Queen Bee on Newbury Street.  She was also promoting her designs online and using Google’s advertising platforms to promote her business.  And now she’s moving out West to help Google as its pushes to expand its display and advertising business.

Galligan intends to keep making jewelry in her spare time. She didn’t have to search long to find buyers. Already, a pair of shops in San Francisco are selling her stuff.

Visit Meg’s jewelry web site

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