New leader picked to head Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Nicole Taylor selected to lead embattled nonprofit

The Mountain View-based giant of the philanthropic world, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SCVF), announced Thursday it has selected a new top executive following a monthslong search. Nicole Taylor, a Bay Area native who most recently served as vice president of the Arizona State University Foundation, has been picked to take the helm of the influential $13.5 billion nonprofit.

The change of leadership comes amid a focused effort by SVCF officials to rebuild the organization's reputation following a series of scandals involving workplace harassment and bullying. A storm of complaints from employees and donors led to the resignation of at least three SVCF executives, including CEO Emmett Carson, who had headed the organization since its inception in 2006. Since April, the SVCF has been temporarily led by former board member Greg Avis of Palo Alto.

Nicole Taylor. Image courtesy SVCF.
In a press release, the SVCF board of directors praised Taylor as the right person to manage the nonprofit and connect the private sector with the philanthropic world. She has previously served as CEO and president of the East Bay Community Foundation and the Thrive Foundation for Youth in Silicon Valley. At Stanford University, she worked as associate vice provost of student affairs and dean of community engagement.

Taylor will officially begin her role at SVCF on Dec. 19.


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Posted by Rebecca Eisenberg
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm

Rebecca Eisenberg is a registered user.

Great choice! The SVCF is fortunate to have such an exceptional professional and strong leader as Nicole Taylor. Congratulations all around.

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Posted by wayne douglass
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

wayne douglass is a registered user.

Good news for me because I have a scheme to improve the libraries of every oldsters'residence, like the one I'm in as I write this, in the Bay Area. No need for "experts," "consultants," or Stanford professors. I have a PhD in English literature (University of Florida, 1976) so I already know what's needed and I have a source where I can get what's needed for about $10,000 per facility. Even if it's twice that much, it's still chump change for so-called "philanthropists" in Silicon Valley. Let them put their money where their mouth is, for a change.
I'm hot to trot on this idea, but I need money, honey. and I'm not too particular where I get it, whether it's the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SCVF) or El Chapo. I don't know which organization needs better press.
I don't have much time (I'm 72 and in a wheelchair.) If I don't do it, who will?

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