Terri Taylor

Strategy Director for Innovation and Discovery

Lumina Foundation
Terri Taylor

Terri Taylor serves as the strategy director for innovation and discovery at Lumina Foundation. She leads the foundation’s efforts to develop new strategies for higher education to contribute to solving our most intractable societal problems, including how to rebuild democracy and respond to climate change with equity at the center. In her time at Lumina, Taylor has designed strategies to increase participation in bachelor’s programs, led the postsecondary finance portfolio, shaped the foundation’s approaches to quality, and built out new student voices strategies in federal policy.

Before Lumina, Taylor advised organizations, institutions, and foundations on legal and policy strategies to promote equity, quality, and attainment in higher education and K–12 through her work for EducationCounsel.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in American studies and religious studies from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (DC). She started her career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English as a second language in Kyrgyzstan.