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Peter J. Taylor

President, ECMC Foundation

Peter Taylor has been the president of ECMC Foundation since May 2014. During his tenure, he has overseen more than $250 million of grants and PRI investments in initiatives affecting higher education outcomes, especially among underserved student populations. The major area of focus for the Foundation has been career and technical education (CTE). He delivered a Tedx Talk on this subject at UCLA in May 2019.

Before joining ECMC Foundation, Mr. Taylor served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the University of California (UC) system for more than five years. Most of Mr. Taylor’s professional career was in investment banking, with nearly 16 years in municipal finance banking for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, where he was managing director for the West Coast Fixed Income Group. Before obtaining his master’s degree, he spent six years on the legislative staff of the California State Assembly Majority Leader working at the state capitol in Sacramento.

Mr. Taylor was an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) system from 2015 to 2021, where he has chaired the Educational Policy Committee after two years as chair of the Finance Committee. He currently chairs the board of Edison International, and serves on the boards of College Futures Foundation, Pacific Life and the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he chaired the Investment Committee for six years.

In his various volunteer roles, he previously served as president of the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, chair of the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors, the alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents, a member on the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Chair of the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors. From 2006-2008, he was chair of the UCLA Task Force on African American Admissions, Recruitment and Retention.

Mr. Taylor is an accomplished speaker and author, with a particular focus on the role of CTE in closing the skills gap—a central challenge facing our nation’s economy—and the need for a collective effort among stakeholders to break down the stigma that holds CTE and its students back. His perspective has been published by Hechinger Report, Crain’s Chicago Business, eSchoolMedia, The Washington Post, CNN, The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, Forbes and InsideSources, among others.

In 2022, CSU Channel Islands awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Mr. Taylor in recognition of his contributions to the field of postsecondary education and his service to the CSU system over the years.

Mr. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, his master’s degree from Claremont University and a certificate in public affairs from Coro Southern California.