Taylor MatsonGrant Writer

    Taylor is a compassionate and creative professional specializing in grant writing, research, management, and administrative support. She is a high achiever who strives for excellence in every area in her life by continuously seeking to learn, grow, and become a better version of herself. Her integrity and determination are paired with a flexible and understanding mentality, and an open heart.

    Taylor was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska, which shaped her adventurous and imaginative spirit. After 18 years in Kenai, Taylor left Alaska to attend Washington State University in Pullman, where she indulged her love for reading and writing by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Literary Studies and a minor in philosophy. Taylor graduated summa cum laude in 2014.

    After briefly leaving Washington, Taylor returned to the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she has built her community. Taylor’s deeply empathetic nature and drive to make the world a better place led her to professions where she could work in service of others and give back to her community. She worked at pet boarding facilities for several years and treasured the opportunity of providing the highest quality of care to beloved canine family members.

    Taylor then transitioned into service to her fellow humans by working as a peer at the Val Ogden Center (VOC) – a Consumer Voices are Born program. There, she supported individuals in recovery or with mental health challenges or disabilities in setting and achieving employment, education, and volunteer goals.

    During her time at VOC, Taylor worked to support participants and her team in pursuing overall health and wellbeing in their lives. She excelled at building meaningful relationships and fostering a sense of community within the organization by striving to be truly present with people in every interaction, because she believes every individual deserves to be heard and respected. One of her greatest joys is to support and help others.

    The confluence of this passion and her love of the written word led her to grant writing. Taylor had been studying and writing grants independently for a year before she was brought onto the Westby team in 2018, where she is currently living her professional dream.

    Taylor’s countless hobbies include yoga, photography, hiking, travel, dancing, camping, reading, and spending quality time with the people she loves.

    Taylor lives a deeply intentional life in Vancouver, Washington with her partner Jay, his son Liam, and their dog Lily. Her mission is to leave this Earth and the lives of everyone she encounters better than how she found them. 

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