Blair Taylor - StudentsFirst Board of Directors
Blair Hamilton Taylor is Chief Community Officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. He has a long commitment of working to improve education in America. Taylor is a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policies for The Nation’s Report Card, a series of federal assessments that measure the progress of U.S. students in various subjects. Taylor is also on the board of Board of Trustees for Amherst College Previously, Mr. Taylor was the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, a position he held from 2005-12. The League is an affiliate of one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations with offices in more than 100 cities. The 88-year-old Los Angeles Urban League has a staff of over 300, a budget in excess of $25 million and is one of America's largest civil rights entities.
Mr. Taylor is a visionary leader, community servant and coalition builder with nearly 25 years of public and private sector business experience. A Los Angeles resident for more than two decades, Mr. Taylor was born in New York as the third of five children. He learned the value of higher education at a young age. His father earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his law degree from NYU; his mother earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from Smith College and her masters from Yale University. These were significant achievements for African Americans of their era. More importantly, both parents were tireless community servants and instilled in their five sons a passion for advancing causes of the less fortunate.
Prior to joining the LA Urban League, Mr. Taylor served as Executive Vice President of College Summit, a national college access initiative with a track record of nearly doubling the college enrollment rates of low-income students. During his tenure, College Summit achieved the fastest growth in the organization's history, quadrupling its student outreach to more than 6,000 students in 2005.