Heather Taylor

Council Member at Large

Taylor has extensive nonprofit management and operations experience in community- and faith-based organizations. As a lawyer and associate minister whose vocation speaks to the intersection of faith and justice, Taylor has devoted her ministry and career to lifting the voices of people who experience racial, gender and economic injustice.

Taylor is currently the Managing Director at Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy organization that mobilizes churches, coalitions, and individuals to urge U.S. Congress to enact polices that can help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. In this capacity, she advises Bread’s President & CEO in strategic planning, manages the executive program and policy team and operations, and develops communication strategies to raise the organization’s profile, mobilize its network of 250,000 activists and partners, and influence lawmakers to end hunger. As a Bread spokesperson, Taylor made guest TV appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, CBN, NBC, Scripps News, and Cox News outlets.

At Alfred Street Baptist Church, Taylor previously served in leadership positions in the Social Justice Ministry and remains an active member of the Voices of Triumph in the Music and Worship Arts Ministry. Most recently, Taylor was appointed to serve on the Progressive National Baptist Convention Social Justice Commission.

Taylor previously led faith-based nonprofit organizations to protect the legal rights and dignity of historically marginalized groups. In her executive leadership roles, she worked with Boards of Directors to develop and execute multi-year and annual strategic work plans and fundraising proposals. As a legal fellow at International Justice Mission, a Christian nonprofit seeking to protect people in poverty from violence, Taylor advocated to secure the economic rights of women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Taylor also previously served on U.S. delegations headed by the UN Commission on the Status of Women to promote women’s participation in emerging democratic societies; served as a pro bono attorney for the Legal Aid Society Haitian Temporary Protected Status Project and received the Mobilization for Justice Partner in Justice Award.

Taylor holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa, a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Georgetown University.