Nicole Taylor

President and CEO

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Nicole Taylor is the president and CEO of Silicon ValleyCommunity Foundation – the world’s largest community foundation with over $4billion in annual grantmaking and a deep commitment to solving its region’stoughest challenges through advocacy, research, policy and grantmaking.  Nicole brings together a rich background in Bay Areaphilanthropy, nonprofit and higher education administration and fundraisingwith extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.  


When Nicole joined SVCF in December 2018, she returned to theBay Area from Arizona, where she had served as vice president of the ASUFoundation. She also previously served as deputy vice president and dean ofstudents at Arizona State University. Prior to her time at ASU, Nicole was theassociate vice provost of student affairs and dean of community engagement anddiversity at Stanford University, after serving as president and CEO of ThriveFoundation for Youth in Silicon Valley.   Nicole also spent more than 15 years with the East Bay CommunityFoundation, eventually serving as its president and CEO for six years.


Nicole received both her M.A. in Education and A.B. in Human Biology fromStanford University, and she began her career as an educator in Oakland publicschools.


Currently, she serves as a board member for Common Sense Media,Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Top Hat, a marketleader in student engagement solutions in higher education. She is on StanfordUniversity’s Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Education.

Nicole was named to the Forbes 50 over 50 list in 2022 andrecognized by Inside Philanthropy as “Community Foundation Leader of theYear.”