Blair Taylor brings more than 25 years of organizational leadership experience to his role as a Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC), where he is part of the firm’s People & Organization Practice and focused on driving the Work Force of the Future platform for clients. His experience spans the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Having served as Chief Executive Officer of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA), a signature initiative launched by then President Obama, Taylor led one of the nation’s most dynamic and ambitious initiatives, engaging leading corporations, nonprofits and Mayors to advance low income communities and populations.
Prior to leading MBKA, Taylor served as a member of the Starbucks Coffee Company’s senior leadership team, where he led the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR), diversity & inclusion (D&I), community affairs and government affairs functions, while also serving as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Starbucks Global Human Resources (HR) with a staff of more than 500 employees.
Taylor’s background also includes seven years as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League and four years as the Executive Vice President of College Summit, one of the nation’s largest college access initiatives. His private sector experience also includes four years as the President and CEO of a private retail franchising company focused on low income communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean, and more than eight years of leadership with PepsiCo and IBM, where he held various brand marketing, strategy and executive sales positions.
Taylor has been recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of the nation’s most creative senior executives. He was also named a Top 50 executive innovator by PR Week, and a a Top 50 US CEO by the Non Profit Times. In 2011, Taylor was named one of the UCLA Anderson Graduate School’s Top 100 graduates. Taylor holds a BA in economics from Amherst College, where he also served a six-year term as a Trustee, and an M.B.A. in marketing and entrepreneurial studies from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Blair’s expertise includes:
- Talent acquisition and development
- Volunteerism strategy
- Urban marketing
- Tying brands to governments and nonprofits
- Diversity, inclusion, engagement, and upskilling
- Succession planning
- Corporate social responsibility (CSR)