About Marion Taylor

Marion Taylor provides professional expertise in the research and design of customized gap experiences for students of any age.

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.
Volunteering with women's co-ops in Rwanda in 2015
Born and raised in Colorado, Marion Taylor is married and the mother of four children ranging in ages from 21-30. 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 collaborates with students of any age, orientation, and economic background, and believes in the importance of student engagement and direction when exploring gap options. She serves as the keynote speaker at gap fairs, high schools, and colleges in Colorado. Marion “walks the walk” by getting out in the field to vet and personally experience gap programs, as well as by offering financial assistance to diverse students of all means. She does not accept remuneration from any gap year program so as to avoid conflict of interest and impropriety. Marion flanked her own college years with a gap year at the University of Grenoble, France, after high school, followed by three years in a rural development program with Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, after college. In 2015, Marion taught English to women in Tanzania and volunteered with women’s co-ops in Rwanda. In addition, she has immersed herself in two different Spanish language programs in Antigua, Guatemala, and Cuenca, Ecuador. In the fall of 2018, Marion volunteered at an elementary school in Batase, Nepal. She is involved with the launch and expansion of a women’s empowerment curriculum called Street Business School in Uganda and the greater Africa continent. Her eldest two children had gap experiences of their own, with her son having worked in Utah and Colorado and having successfully completed a rigorous semester wilderness course in the Himalayas, India. Her daughter finished college a semester early and volunteered as a preschool assistant in an emergency foster care center in a township outside Capetown, South Africa.


Gap Year Advisor, Owner and Founder: Taylor The Gap LLC 2011-18
Program Director: 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 Alumnae Director: Peace Corps 1982-83
Volunteer and Regional Leader: Peace Corps
Senegal, West Africa 1979-82


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:

Gap Year Association Board of Directors 2018-2019
Women’s Street Business School-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


Gap Year Advisor Accreditation awarded by the Gap Year Association 2018
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


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


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