Betsy Taylor

For over thirty years, Betsy Taylor has built a solid reputation as a philanthropic advisor, social change leader, motivational speaker and problem solver.  Betsy has led several non-profit groups and campaigns, served as Executive Director of the Ottinger Foundation, Stern Family Fund, and Merck Family Fund and currently advises a small number of donors and foundations. She has served as a federal lobbyist, deputy director of Freeze Voter - a political action committee focused on nuclear disarmament, and president of, a network of over 500 organizations and 200,000 citizen activists that merged with in 2011.  Author of three books and frequent public speaker, Betsy Taylor is known for challenging her clients to think big and to tackle the root causes of social and ecological problems. She specializes in bringing diverse stakeholders together to achieve a shared vision in support of bold action for a better world. She convened or took a lead role in the founding of the Iraq War Peace Fund, National Voice, State Voices, Center for a New American Dream, 1Sky, Responsible Purchasing Network, the Funders Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and a network of high worth donors dedicated to pushing for bold climate solutions through the political system. For the past four years, Betsy has worked to build the field of regenerative agriculture through grant-making, network development, global convenings, and general cheerleading about the potential of our lands to sequester carbon pollution while boosting food security and habitat protection.