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Melinda Taylor

Vice President, International Education

Melinda Taylor is an expert in international education with more than 15 years of experience working on education improvement programs in both Africa and Asia. She specializes in teacher training systems, cluster school development, and international program management.

Ms. Taylor designs and manages integrated health and education interventions, grants programs, education management information systems, and workforce development programs. Her experience ranges from the grassroots level, directly training teachers in rural Cambodian schools, to policy-level dialogue with senior education officials in several African countries.

Prior to RTI, Ms. Taylor served as the basic education advisor and later the deputy team leader for USAID/Nigeria's integrated health and education team.


MA, International Education (concentration in Curriculum Development and Teaching), Columbia University, Teachers College; BA, Political Science (certificate in International Relations), Northwestern University.

Latest Publications

Wheeler, C., Calavan, K., & Taylor, M. (1997). Improving capacity for policy analysis and planning in the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport: Advancing basic education and literacy 2 (ABEL 2). Phnom Penh, Cambodia: U.S. Agency for International Development, Project number 9365832
Taylor, M., & Deutsch, B. (1996). Conference report: National workshop on water use and hygiene education: World Education. Phnom Penh, Cambodia:
Taylor, M. (1993). Conference report: Cambodian workshop on reconstruction and development. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: U.S. Indochina Reconciliation Project,


  • International Program Management
  • Primary Education Improvement
  • Teacher Education Systems