Taryn Sauer

Communications Associate

she/they
taryn [at] mmt.org


Civilization is to groups what intelligence is to individuals. It is a means of combining the intelligence of many to achieve ongoing group adaptation. Civilization, like intelligence, may serve well, serve adequately, or fail to serve its adaptive function. When civilization fails to serve, it must disintegrate unless it is acted upon by unifying internal or external forces.
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower

Taryn is driven by the fervent belief in storytelling as a means of building collective power.

Growing up in a multi-generational and mixed-race household, her exposure to the richness of complex family dynamics granted her a deep appreciation of often conflicting realities. When her mom gave her a journal and encouraged her to put her feelings on paper, it ignited a deep love of observation, expression and connection.

“For me, family and culture are everything. I will always be that quiet child and sharing my writing with those I love and care for is my attempt at expressing gratitude for those who came before me and those who will come after.”

Before Meyer, Taryn’s freelance writing landed her a job at Habitat for Humanity where she had the privilege of connecting with housing advocates, nonprofit leaders and folks from across the housing spectrum. The stories she collaborated on highlighted the importance of creating interdependent communities for the health and wealth of all Oregonians.

Taryn joined Meyer in April, 2022.