Taylor, a veteran executive with 14 years of experience in the Bay Area non-profit community, is the first African-American to lead the Foundation in its 79-year history.
In 2009, she was named by the San Francisco Business Times to its list of "East Bay Women of Distinction" and as one of the "Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area."
Before coming to the Foundation in September 2007, she was Managing Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, one of the nation's premier institutions developing leaders capable of making social change.
Prior to her service at Stanford, she was the CEO of College Track, a nonprofit organization that works to get underrepresented students in the San Francisco Bay Area successfully through high school and college. And prior to College Track, she was the director of Oakland's Fund for Children and Youth, which distributes over $7million per year to youth serving organizations in Oakland, California.
Taylor began her career as a teacher and also worked on school-reform efforts within urban school districts. For most of the 1990s, she worked at the East Bay Community Foundation where her work focused on education, children and youth services, nonprofit management and fund raising.
She holds a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Education -- both from Stanford.