Taylor Strange, Chief of Staff

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 of Staff, Taylor plays a vital role in strategic planning, communication, problem-solving, decision support, and team leadership. She assists in developing and implementing strategic plans, coordinates communication between the CEO and the organization, and leads special projects or initiatives on behalf of the CEO. Taylor provides guidance, addresses challenges, and ensures confidentiality and trust in handling sensitive information. Her multifaceted contributions drive the Center’s mission forward with integrity and excellence.

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.