Blair Taylor | ENGAGE 2020

Blair Taylor

Partner, PwC US
Seattle, WA

Blair Taylor is presently a Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) focused on the People and Organization Practice. He has more than 25 years of expertise serving in senior leadership roles, spanning across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA), a nonprofit launched by President Obama. In this role, he led one of the nation’s most dynamic and ambitious initiatives, engaging America’s 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), community affairs and government affairs functions, while also serving as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Starbucks Global Human Resources, with a direct reporting staff of more than 500 and more than 250,000 worldwide 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 extensive 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 was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of the nation’s most creative senior executives. He was also named a PR Week as a Top 50 Innovator, and by the Non Profit Times as a Top 50 US CEO. In 2011, Taylor was names one of the UCLA Anderson Graduate School’s Top 100 graduates. He 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.