PADF Selects New Executive Director: Catarina “Katie” Taylor

Washington, DC: The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is pleased to announce that it has selected Catarina "Katie" Taylor as its new Executive Director. She will assume her duties on October 1.

Taylor is an international executive deeply devoted to global development and to bringing private sector thinking to complex development challenges. She has extensive experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and has led national and multi-million-dollar organizations, living and working across five continents. 

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Taylor learned management and leadership at GE – across healthcare, financial services, transportation and technology industries. She has founded and supported non-profits and communities throughout her career, devoting the past 10 years to social and public service, most recently as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Taylor led efforts on child and maternal survival and health. She also served as the U.S. government’s representative on the boards of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and as co-chair of the Partnership on Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health (PMNCH).

Among other roles, Taylor was previously the General Manager of GE Healthcare in Mexico, led GE Capital’s satellite and mortgages business development across Latin America, and guided a sales and marketing team for GE Transportation Systems in Brazil. Taylor is a Certified Master Black Belt in “Lean Six Sigma” quality improvement processes, and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. She holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, a graduate Certificate of Political Studies from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and an MS in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University.

PADF President Luis Ubiñas indicated that the Board’s Selection Committee believed that Katie “brings a unique blend of public, private and non-profit experienced to PADF. She has worked and lived in Mexico and Brazil, leading local divisions for General Electric; has led a non-profit, gaining hands-on experience in fundraising; and most recently held a senior position at USAID.”

Taylor will replace PADF’s long-serving Executive Director, John Sanbrailo, who has directed the Foundation for the past 18 years. He will retire on September 30 after a 50 year international development career with the Peace Corps, USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and PADF. During his tenure, PADF grew from $8 million in operations in the 1990s to $95 million in 2016. The Foundation has implemented more than $1 billion in projects that helped to increase the incomes and improve the lives of millions of low income families and vulnerable communities in the LAC region. “Every organization has a seminal leader and John Sanbrailo has been that leader for PADF. His contributions to PADF and to the field of development will inspire generations of leaders," added PADF President Ubiñas.

PADF is an affiliate of the Organization of American States established in 1962 as an initiative of the Alliance for Progress.  It was created to upgrade the livelihoods of marginalized populations through microenterprises, community-driven development, strengthening the capacity of civil society and municipalities to better serve the poor, and to promote corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships. The Foundation is an OAS instrument for aiding victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.  It supports integral development and Inter-American mandates to advance democracy, human rights, citizen security and to empower women, youth and ethnic minorities.