Sil­i­con Val­ley Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion names Nicole Tay­lor pres­i­dent, CEO

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Khal­ida Sar­wari ksar­wari@ ba­yare­anews­group.com

Nicole Tay­lor, a longserv­ing stew­ard with roots in the Bay Area non­profit and phil­an­thropic sec­tors, has been named the new pres­i­dent and CEO of the Sil­i­con Val­ley Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

Her ap­point­ment ends the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s month­s­long search to re­place ousted found­ing pres­i­dent Em­mett D. Car­son in the wake of a scan­dal that roiled the Moun­tain View­based phi­lan­thropy.

Tay­lor, 49, comes with an im­pres­sive re­sume, in­clud­ing her most re­cent stints as vice pres­i­dent at Ari­zona State Univer­sity and Stan­ford Univer­sity, where she was as­so­ciate vice provost of stu­dent af­fairs and dean of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and diver­sity.

“Nicole brings a legacy of ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity im­pact to SVCF,” said Dan’l Lewin, chair of SVCF’s Board of Di­rec­tors. “She has a gen­uine con­nec­tion to im­prov­ing the lives of those in our lo­cal com­mu­nity, and her pas­sion for help­ing in­di­vid­u­als pur­sue their own phil­an­thropic goals make her an op­ti­mal choice to lead our or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Tay­lor will re­place Greg Avis, a for­mer board mem­ber who was tapped as in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive fol­low­ing Car­son’s ouster in June amid an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found he al­lowed his top fundraiser, Mary Ellen Loi­jens, to bully and sex­u­ally ha­rass her sub­or­di­nates. In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Car­son’s in­dif­fer­ence to com­plaints about Loi­jens con­trib­uted to a toxic work en­vi­ron­ment at the phil­an­thropic pow­er­house, where he had held his $892,689-per-year post since 2007.

In a state­ment an­nounc­ing Tay­lor’s ap­point­ment Thurs­day, SVCF com­mended Avis for re­turn­ing to the foun­da­tion dur­ing one of its most dif­fi­cult mo­ments in its his­tory, “a time when there was a need to heal and cat­alyze change through­out the or­ga­ni­za­tion.” Un­der his lead­er­ship, the state­ment read, the foun­da­tion has taken steps to im­prov­ing its work­place cul­ture.

Tay­lor brings more than 15 years with the East Bay Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, where she served as its pres­i­dent and CEO for six years. She also has served as pres­i­dent and CEO of Thrive Foun­da­tion for Youth in Menlo Park. She be­gan her ca­reer as an ed­u­ca­tor in Oak­land pub­lic schools.

Tay­lor holds de­grees in ed­u­ca­tion and hu­man bi­ol­ogy from Stan­ford Univer­sity and serves on the boards of Com­mon Sense Me­dia and the T. Gary and Kath­leen Rogers Fam­ily Foun­da­tion.

“Sil­i­con Val­ley is a re­gion of con­trasts, one in which deep so­cial chal­lenges are of­ten masked by the high­pro­file in­no­va­tion cul­ture,” Tay­lor said in a state­ment. “There is im­por­tant work to be done in part­ner­ship with our donors, our com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and our civic and busi­ness lead­ers, and I am ex­cited about the is­sues and chal­lenges the or­ga­ni­za­tion is look­ing to tackle.”

Her first day on the job will be Dec. 19.

Staff writer John Wool­folk con­trib­uted to this re­port. Con­tact Khal­ida Sar­wari at 408-200-1055.

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