Taylor Downs

Taylor Downs 2012 Global Fellow

Vera Solutions, LLC

Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development



Taylor Downs 2012 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Harness technology to make social impact organizations more effective and efficient by improving their monitoring, evaluation, and management capabilities.

With simple mobile data capture and cloud-based systems that automatically analyze and feed-back key programmatic information to staff at all levels, Vera's monitoring & evaluation applications bring data to life—changing the way development organizations make decisions.

Taylor Downs studied religion, philosophy, and natural sciences at Amherst College, but living with and learning from a refugee population in northern India in 2007 spurred his ambition to work in international development. From 2008 to 2011 he lived in South Africa, designing and implementing curricula, trainings, and M&E systems for Grassroot Soccer and their partners in more than 12 countries.