Nicole Taylor

Outgoing President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation



Nicole Taylor’s legacy after six years as President of the East Bay Community Foundation, (2007-13) includes focusing the Foundation on economic opportunity, increasing philanthropic partnerships with business, leading the organization into publishing research, increasing assets under management, attracting new individual donors, and emphasizing productivity and efficiency.


Taylor recently was named President and CEO of the Thrive Foundation for Youth, based in Menlo Park – a move she made partly so she could spend more time with her son and mother and partly because of her fierce dedication to issues affecting children and youth.

As CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation – one of the largest sources of philanthropic support in the East Bay -- she focused it on helping those most in need acquire job skills and get good jobs and ensuring young children are successful in the education system so they have economic opportunity as adults.


She created the first Department of Public-Private Partnerships at a community foundation with staff dedicated to working with business and government. She pushed the foundation into publishing research on community needs in the East Bay and on helping the underemployed get jobs. And she introduced a new era of productivity and efficiency at the Foundation, including more sophisticated financial management.


During her tenure, the Foundation attracted more than $340 million in charitable assets. During the same time, the Foundation and its donors granted over $360 million to worthy causes.


Before joining the East Bay Community Foundation, she was Managing Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Prior to Stanford, she was CEO of College Track, a nonprofit organization working to get underrepresented students successfully through high school and college. And prior to College Track, she was the director of Oakland’s Fund for Children and Youth.


She sits on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and of Common Sense Media. She is the recipient of many awards, including the San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area,” 2011, 2010, & 2009 and the Times’ List of “Most Admired CEOS,” 2010. She holds a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Education, both from Stanford; and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from, Holy Names University.