Board of Directors
Jennifer Taylor is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), one of the largest, longstanding regional technology councils in the nation. NVTC’s mission is to accelerate tech innovation and promote a highly skilled workforce in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas.
NVTC connects, educates, advocates for, and celebrates the region’s vibrant and ever-expanding tech ecosystem. Jennifer is passionate about the Future of Work and is committed to equipping the next generation of talent with in-demand skills and creating access to the thousands of open tech jobs in the region.
Prior to NVTC, Taylor served as VP of Industry Affairs at the Consumer Technology Association. While there, Taylor launched CTA’s 21st Century Workforce Council, the CTA Apprenticeship Coalition, and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, all focused on helping the tech sector close the nation’s skills gap, increase awareness of the growing number of high-skilled tech-related jobs, and build a fully equipped, diverse and inclusive national workforce.
Taylor also worked at AARP for over 10 years as VP of Business Development where she developed and launched a smart tablet for tech-shy seniors called ‘the RealPad’, in partnership with Intel®. She also created multi-channel revenue sales strategies for a range of industry verticals including consumer technology and financial services benefits for AARP’s 40 million members.
Earlier in her career, she served in leadership roles at the American Red Cross Biomedical Services from 1997-2005; RTCRM (a Wunderman Company) from 1995 – 1997; and KSK Communications.
Taylor frequently writes and speaks on the topic of ‘The Future of Work’, highlighting best practices and new ways for employers to attract, hire, train, and upskill Americans to perform in-demand jobs. Her op-eds and articles have appeared in publications such as Technical.ly, The Hill, Fox Business News, The Next Web’s PODIUM, and It Is Innovation-i3. Taylor has served as a host and presenter at CES, the Global Stage for Innovation held annually in Las Vegas, in both the CES Future of Work and Innovation for All conference tracks.
Taylor is committed to promoting the region as a major global tech hub, where she has lived and worked since 1992. Taylor sits on three Board of Directors: Connected DMV, Technology Councils of North America (Vice Chair), and the George Mason University MBA School of Management Advisory Board (Vice Chair). Taylor is also the President of the NVTC Foundation.
Taylor is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award (2022 and 2021) and Prominent Patriots in Business Award (2019) from the George Mason University School of Business; Virginia Business Women in Leadership Award (2022); the Tech Titans Award from Washingtonian Magazine (2021, 2022), and two American Red Cross Tiffany Leadership Awards (2000). She was also a CBS News Fellow in New York City in 1991 working on CBS Weekend News with Bob Schieffer and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt.
Taylor holds a BA communications/journalism degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from George Mason University.