Malaria Partners International (MPI) is headquartered in Seattle and was founded by Seattle Rotary Club 4. Their overarching goal is to eliminate malaria worldwide. Malaria is seen by many as the next worst, widespread disease that is impacting the world – after polio. Malaria is a mosquito borne blood disease. In simplest terms, it has the most severe impact on children 5-years old and younger, as millions of the youngest children have died.
MPI has developed a model in the African country of Zambia for training village healthcare workers to diagnose and treat Malaria at the local level. Also in Zambia, MPI has successfully partnered with the Uganda Ministry of Health which will provide the long term continuity of the program. MPI is working to replicate their Zambian model in other African countries including Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda.
A native Oklahoman, Clayton Taylor grew up on his family’s ranch near Oktaha in Muskogee County. After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1974, he began his career in Washington, D.C., working on the legislative staffs of five members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
After leaving Washington, Taylor spent the next 15 years working in corporate management, government relations and public affairs positions for McDonald’s Corporation, Phillips Petroleum Company and the Coastal Corporation.
Since 1994 he has served as the principal of the C. Taylor Group that he founded in Oklahoma City in 1994. The C. Taylor Group is a full-service lobbying and consulting firm specializing in Oklahoma business issues.
For the past 30 years, has always been involved in community activities in Oklahoma ranging from his early start as Oklahoma 4-H Club State President and continuing as a founder of Leadership Oklahoma – serving as President in 1991. Other leadership positions have included President of Oklahoma City Rotary Club #29, Foundation Chair for Oklahoma City Rotary Club #29, Alumni President of Leadership Oklahoma City, President Rural Enterprises Institute of Oklahoma, Administrative Board Chairman of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church just to name a few.