Blair Hamilton Taylor is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, a position he has held since 2005. The League is an affiliate of one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations with offices in more than 100 cities. The 90-year-old Los Angeles Urban League is one of America's largest civil rights entities.
Immediately prior to joining the LA Urban League, 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. Taylor's entrepreneurial background includes four years as the President and CEO of COI/ICD, a leading retail franchising company focused on low income communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Taylor's private sector experience also includes more than eight years of leadership with PepsiCo and the IBM Corporation.
His public sector experience includes serving as a Senior Staff Member for the Los Angeles City Council. Taylor also ran for U.S. Congress on a platform of economic development, education and building coalitions between businesses and urban communities. A committed community servant, Taylor presently serves on the Board of Trustees for Amherst College, the Board of Councilors for the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education, the Board of the California Charter School Association, and others.