Mrs. Taylor joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on June 12, 2016, as the Executive Director of the Strategic Learning, Development and Engagement Office and Chief Learning and Engagement Officer in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. She is responsible for overarching department-wide policy on and oversight of the design, development, and evaluation of learning, development and employee engagement initiatives for executives, managers, supervisors and staff across the entire department.
Prior to joining the department, Mrs. Taylor left DOD where she was the Principal Deputy Director of Administration for the Under Secretary of Defense. She was a member of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) community since July 2008. While concurrently serving as the Principal Deputy Director of Administration, Mrs. Taylor was also the Acting Director OUSD-AT&L Human Capital Initiatives where she provided leadership and expertise in Human Capital Management as demonstrated by her management of the Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project, Senior Executive Service performance management program, and military personnel staffing for OUSD. Mrs. Taylor also served as the Director, Human Resources in the Executive Office of the President on a long-term training assignment. The assignment enabled her to further develop an operational portfolio, as she handled a diverse array of agency-wide programs including Senior Executive Service, Acquisition Demonstration Project, National Security Personnel System, Safety and Occupational Health, labor/employee relations, engagement, workforce development and other special programs.
Mrs. Taylor has served in different capacities across the federal government. In her 25 years of professional experience, she has achieved a strong record of accomplishments, leading people and organizations in the development and execution of forward-thinking programs in strategic planning, human capital management, business process improvement, and administrative management.
Mrs. Taylor was born in Fort Myers, Florida. She earned a Master of Business Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University. Mrs. Taylor is married to Mario Taylor and they have two children, a son, Mario Taylor II, who is a Georgia Tech University graduate and a daughter, Latavia Taylor, who is a James Madison University graduate.