Blair Taylor, Former CEO, MBK Alliance
Blair Taylor is a global leader widely recognized for innovative and creative approach to community transformation. He is the former CEO of the My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBKA), an initiative launched by the Obama Administration that is focused on transforming the lives of America's boys and men of color. Prior to MBKA, he served as Starbucks' chief community officer, where he was responsible for the company’s culture, community, government relations, diversity and global corporate social responsibility efforts. His tenure at Starbucks also included an assignment as the leader of the Starbucks Global Partner Resources (Human Resources) organization. As chief community officer and executive vice president, Partner Resources, he brought a passion for helping communities thrive around the globe while serving Starbucks 120,000 partners (employees) worldwide. He later served as the President of the Starbucks Foundation, prior to his departure.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Taylor served as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League. He is credited with transforming the agency through innovative nation-leading community engagement programs, such as Neighborhoods at Work a holistic community reform model. Taylor also served as Executive Vice President of College Summit from 2002-2005, a national college access initiative with a track record of nearly doubling the college enrollment rates of low income students. His private-sector experience includes four years as the President and CEO of COI/ICD, a leading retail franchising company focused on low income communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean and more than eight years of leadership with PepsiCo and the IBM Corp. where he held brand marketing, strategy, and executive sales positions.
Taylor holds a B.A. in economics from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he served for six years as a trustee. He also holds an M.B.A. in marketing and entrepreneurial studies from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management and was recognized by Anderson as one of the school's Top 100 graduates.