About Marion Taylor

Marion Taylor
Marion Taylor, Owner and Founder of Taylor The Gap, in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa in 1979
and visiting her village again in 2012.
She recently volunteered in Rwanda in the Fall of 2015.
Born and raised in Colorado, Marion Taylor is married and the mother of four children ranging in ages from 19-28. She has worked for 35 years in the field of Social Work with non-profit organizations and foundations focused on families, women, and children, both domestically and abroad. Marion advocates for students of any age to take time out to explore outside traditional academic and professional settings. Unique among fellow gap advisors, Marion “walks the walk” by continuing to get out in the field to vet and personally experience gap programs. Marion flanked her own college years with a gap year at the University of Grenoble, France, after high school, followed by three years with a rural development program with Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, after college. In the Fall of 2015, Marion volunteered to teach English to women in Tanzania and to work with women’s co-ops in Rwanda. In addition, she has immersed herself in two different Spanish language programs with homestays in Antigua, Guatemala, and Cuenca, Ecuador. Her eldest two children had gap experiences of their own. Her son worked in Utah and Colorado and completed a rigorous semester wilderness course in the Himalayas, India. Her daughter completed college a semester early and worked with toddlers as a preschool assistant in an emergency foster care center in a township outside Capetown, South Africa.

Experience:

Gap Year Consultant: Taylor The Gap LLC 2011-17
Program Coordinator: There With Care 2008-10
Customer Relations: Momentum Fair Trade 2007-08
Program Officer: Colorado Trust Foundation 1987-93
Program Coordinator: Battered Women’s Shelter 1984-87
Colorado Alumni Coordinator: Peace Corps 1982-83
Volunteer and Regional Leader Peace Corps
Senegal, West Africa 1979-82

Education:

Masters in Social Work, University of Denver, 1988
Non-Profit Management Program, Regis University, 1983
Bachelors of Arts, Middlebury College, 1979, Cum Laude
German Language School, Middlebury College, 1977
American Institute of Foreign Study, University of Grenoble, France, 1974-75
Leadership Denver, Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1990
The Fundraising School Grantsmanship Center, San Francisco, CA 1987

Civic Involvement:

Women’s Empowerment Project-Beadforlife 2015-present
The Women’s Global Empowerment Fund Board 2010-12
Colorado African Organization Volunteer 2010-12
The Friends School Board 2002-08
Boulder County AIDS Project Board 1995-01
The Community Foundation of Boulder County Board 1995-98
Disbursement Committee for Mayor’s Office on HIV Resources 1994
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado 1994
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Board 1986-87

Honors:

Richard Petterson Award “Most Valuable Board Member”: Boulder County AIDS Project 2000
Distinguished Service Award: Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition 1987
Honorable Mention For Fundraising: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2006
Denver Marathon 1984 and 1986

Travel:

West, East, and South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Argentina, Canada, and Western Europe

Languages:

Fluency in French and Diola; working knowledge of Spanish and German