Taylor is a Kansas native who hails from a long line of small-town educators. She is honored to serve as the Director of the Rural Schools Collaborative in Western Illinois, bringing with her a decade of nonprofit and corporate expertise.
Taylor’s public service work began at the Audubon Society in Madison, Wisconsin where she spearheaded the communications strategy in support of regional conservation. She continued her nonprofit career managing partnerships, events, and marketing at United Way of King County in Seattle, Washington.
Taylor was an early supporter of the Rural Schools Collaborative, serving as a Strategic Planning Fellow in 2016. Taylor executed the Rural Teacher Corps Stakeholders’ Summit Visioning Meeting which convened 75 participants from nine different states. That event continues to shape Rural School Collaborative’s ongoing work with rural teacher preparation efforts throughout the nation.
In addition to her nonprofit work, Taylor supported several organizations in the healthcare sector. As a Project manager at Epic Systems, Taylor oversaw IT implementations to improve healthcare workflows and patient care. She then went on to manage a large team as the Engagement Manager at Seattle Children’s Hospitals before returning to Rural Schools Collaborative as the Director.
Taylor is a passionate people-person, fierce education advocate, and lover of small towns. She resides in Galesburg, IL with her partner, Jacob, and their cat, Angus.
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