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Jim Taylor

As vice president of leadership initiatives and education, Jim Taylor focuses on leading BoardSource’s efforts to position nonprofit boards for stronger leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. This includes leading the organization’s work to spark and support understanding, action, and change at the board level on these issues; serving as an external representative, speaker, and writer; developing new resources and programming; and partnering with peer organizations around the country. Jim also supervises the education team, which manages other key leadership initiatives, including nonprofit engagement in public policy advocacy and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining BoardSource in December 2018, Jim held several leadership roles in community development and diversity, inclusion, and equity. As vice president of multicultural leadership at AARP, he developed partnerships to create greater access to health, wealth, and “quality of life” programs and information for African Americans of age 50+. At Capital One, in the roles of director of community relations and director of community development, Jim developed and implemented impactful national and local strategies that leveraged the organization’s philanthropic, volunteer, and programmatic resources to serve lower-income populations. As director of product innovation at Fannie Mae, he developed several successful first-time homebuyer programs targeted to multicultural audiences. And most recently, Jim was the corporate relations program officer at the Fairfax County (VA) Office of Public Private Partnerships, where he was a key member of the strategy team for the county’s racial and social equity policy, “One Fairfax.”

Jim has served on boards of directors and advisory boards of various local and regional nonprofits, including Carpenter’s Shelter, the Latino Economic Development Center, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County (MD), Shelter House, and LearnServe International.

Jim is from Long Island, New York and earned a MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia.

The Value of Lived Experience

Posted by Jim Taylor on Aug 4, 2020 10:54:47 AM

A couple of years ago, I attended a national conference of government officials focused on advancing racial equity in their communities. The conference began with a number of local government leaders engaging in an informative but rather conventional panel discussion about their local strategies...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Now That We Know Better

Posted by Jim Taylor on Jun 10, 2020 12:57:35 PM

I am a long-time admirer of the late legendary poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.  In addition to appreciating the genius of her lovely, powerful poetry ("Still I Rise" is my personal favorite), I’ve always marveled at the wisdom, inspiration, and insight about life that I find in her...

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Preparing for the Journey – and Remembering Their Names

Posted by Jim Taylor on Jun 2, 2020 4:01:07 PM

Amadou Diallo.

Freddie Gray.

Philando Castile.

Alton Sterling.

Walter Scott.

Tamir Rice.

Michael Brown.

Eric Garner.

Botham Jean.

Breonna Taylor.

And most recently: George Floyd.

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Topics: Current Events

Reflections on Trust and Its Relationship to Racial Inequity on Nonprofit Boards

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 21, 2020 2:16:23 PM

One of Stephen M.R. Covey’s fundamental beliefs about leadership is that progress happens “at the speed of trust” —  that organizational work gets done with and through people, and that trust is the basis for every transaction and relationship. 

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

It's Time to Talk About...What  Board Commitment to Equity Looks Like in This Moment

Posted by Jim Taylor on May 1, 2020 10:10:11 AM

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color. But this fact prompts a much more difficult question for nonprofit boards to consider in this moment: “What can boards do in the near-term to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Current Events, COVID-19

It's Time to Talk About...How Nonprofits Should Handle Relationships with "Tainted" Donors

Posted by Jim Taylor on Jan 17, 2020 11:53:17 AM

To shine a spotlight on emerging issues and help boards facing the challenge of responding to them, BoardSource is developing a series of resources titled “It’s Time to Talk About…”   They include reflection questions and background articles for your board’s consideration.

The question of...

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Topics: Fundraising, Current Events

It’s Time to Talk About… The Implications of the College Admissions Scandal

Posted by Jim Taylor on Nov 6, 2019 2:47:57 PM

We live in a time in which major issues within the social sector or society at large — complex and nuanced issues — often emerge with little warning and gain momentum quickly, impacting nonprofits in unforeseen ways. When this happens, those at the helm of the organization — its board leaders —...

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity


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