Taylor Strange, Chief Operating Officer
Taylor joined the Center team in 2010 as a Program Assistant, quickly advancing to Manager of Special Programs, and later to Director of Programs and Operations. Among her many accomplishments was the creation and launch of the first annual Board Leadership Award, now one of the Center’s most popular competitions among nonprofits. The award program uncovers and documents innovative practices for all nonprofits to adapt and replicate each year. She also led the very first national conference of direct service nonprofit leaders and staff with more than 300 attendees from around the country.
In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Taylor oversees the Center’s award programs, training and events, provides strategic direction for marketing and communications, and administers internal operations. She also has an integral role in advancing the Center’s mission, goals, fiscal stability, internal structure and strategic planning. Working directly with a wide range of nonprofits, Taylor continues to observe best practices and challenges, enabling her to counsel organizations on proven standards and determine how the Center can help through training and resources.
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in Event and Project Management with a minor in Marketing and Communications. She believes strongly in the powerful impact and value the nonprofit sector brings to the community and enjoys applying her talents to support the goals and altruistic missions of the Center’s members.