Peter J. Taylor

Member, Board of Trustees

Peter Taylor is the president of ECMC Foundation. In his role, Mr. Taylor has led more than $225 million of grants and investments in initiatives affecting educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the areas of college success and career readiness.

Before joining ECMC Foundation, Mr. Taylor served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the University of California system.

Most of Mr. Taylor’s professional career was in investment banking, with sixteen 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.

Active in the community, Mr. Taylor currently serves on the boards of Edison International, Pacific Life, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he chairs the Investment Committee. He previously served an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system from 2015 – 2021, where he chaired the Educational Policy and Finance Committees. He was also president of the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Chair of the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors, the alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents, the Chair of the UCLA Foundation Board, a board member of the J. Paul Getty Trust where he chaired the Audit Committee, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, and the California Community Foundation.

In 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Taylor to the California Performance Review Commission, where he served for the year that the Commission developed its report. From 2000–2002, Mr. Taylor served on the board of the California Student Aid Commission, as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis.

Mr. Taylor is an accomplished speaker and author, with a particular focus on the role of career and technical education (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 TedxTalk on the subject was featured at UCLA’s alumni day in 2019.  His perspective has been published by The Washington Post, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Dallas Morning News, the Detroit News and InsideSources.

Mr. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis from Claremont Graduate University.  He is also a graduate of the Coro Program in Public Affairs.   

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