Office of Alumni Engagement

Taylor Gibson

My hometown when I was a student was:

Greenville, MI

I graduated from Alma in:


I studied:

History and Political Science

I currently live in:

Portland, Oregon

What is your current career/professional role?

Director of Development, The Children’s Book Bank

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

Late night library parties and Model UN competitions.

Statement about how Alma impacted your personal and professional life since graduating.

Alma challenged and expanded my view of the world, while preparing me for the rigor of graduate school and the challenges of the complex issues facing the nonprofit industry. Not to mention, no interview or meeting has ever been as challenging as an office presentation or national security council meeting simulation with Dr. Hulme. Personally, some of my closest friends were people I met at Alma, and we still talk on a regular basis. I am grateful to Alma for providing me with a fun and challenging collegiate experience.

What current service and/or philanthropy activity are you involved in?

As a Development Director, my life revolves around philanthropy and service. In addition to my day job, I serve on the Board of Advisors for World Oregon, the Clackamas County Library Task Force, and the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. My philanthropic priorities are grassroots organizations that prioritize BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, and other communities that tend to not receive as much funding from traditional philanthropists.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

Life has an interesting way of playing out. Rarely does it ever go the way you planned it. Be flexible and patient with yourself, and be open to new opportunities. Your worth is not rooted in how much you can produce for your job; it’sin how you treat and value others.

What would you say to a prospective student and their family who was trying to decide if Alma was right for them?

College is really an investment, so it’s important that you’re getting what you want out of it. Really think about what you want - do you want to travel? Do you want to do research? Is a well-rounded education important to you? What kind of skills do you want to build? Figure out what you want to get out of your college experience and explore the ways Alma can provide that for you.

How I have given back to Alma since graduation:

I’ve contributed to the Model UN Giving Circle, and have always been available as a resource to students. I also recruited my cousin to attend Alma after I graduated.

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