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Blair H. Taylor | "Inspirational 100" Alumnus


Blair H. Taylor, MBA 1990
Chief Community Officer, Starbucks

Blair H. Taylor

Taylor recently joined Starbucks as their Chief Community Officer, which he describes as a "perfect opportunity to combine my community, public and corporate experience at one organization". Prior to joining Starbucks, Taylor was CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, ranked in the NonProfit Times' Power & Influence Top 50 each of the last two years, a testament to his reputation for being able to forge relationships for the benefit of the community. Since taking leadership in 2005, Taylor created a massive model for social change in South Los Angeles, skillfully engaging stakeholders in entrepreneurial initiatives to address problems facing some of the most underserved and, at times, neglected residents in the city. The Los Angeles Urban League received the National Innovation Award at the National Urban League Conference in July for its neighborhood change initiative, Neighborhoods@Work. Taylor also served on the UCLA Anderson board as chair of diversity and outreach.

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Starbucks Names Blair Taylor Chief Community Officer
UCLA Anderson Forecast Invites Solutions for Our City
New trustee Blair Taylor '86 is president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League
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