Wendy Taylor, a solutions-driven innovator and leader in business-minded approaches in health, has joined Jhpiego as Vice President for technical leadership and innovation. As a member of the global nonprofit's leadership team, Taylor will direct a multidisciplinary group of 70-plus staff across a wide range of health areas. She also will be responsible for working across technical teams and nearly 40 country teams to prepare the organization for transformational innovations, from technologies and systems innovations to data science and actionable insights.
Taylor comes to the Johns Hopkins affiliate following a two-year fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation, where she explored how to leverage advances in artificial intelligence, digital health, and data technologies to transform global health, including how to use advanced analytics to better prepare for and respond to a global pandemic.
Prior to the fellowship, Taylor worked for two decades in the public and private sectors. At the U.S. Agency for International Development, she founded the Center for Innovation and Impact, where she spearheaded Saving Lives at Birth, a $100 million, multistakeholder Grand Challenge; created the agency's first advance purchase commitments to stimulate investments in vaccines and diagnostics; and built public-private partnerships to expand and strengthen health markets. She previously held senior positions with several global health nonprofits, including Bio Ventures for Global Health, which she founded; and served in the federal Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Taylor received her BA from Duke University and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University.