Jamila Taylor Named President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has selected Jamila K. Taylor as its next president and chief executive officer. The institute is a nonprofit organization that engages in research and dissemination to shape public policy and improve the lives and opportunities of women from diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Taylor has over two decades of experience in health policy and social justice research. She has dedicated her career to studying maternal health and reproductive justice, structural barriers to health care, racial and gender disparities in health care, and the intersection of health care and economic justice. She began her career as a congressional staff member to Representative Robert C. Scott in the 1990s. She went on to hold leadership positions with many organizations such as the Center for American Progress, the Century Foundation, and the National WIC Association.

“I am eager to set a path for IWPR that builds upon its reputation as a trusted economic and equity think tank, producing ground-breaking research and bold policy solutions that advance gender equality in ways that are meaningful and long-lasting,” says Dr. Taylor. “All women and girls deserve clear paths to success and optimal well-being, and IWPR is at the forefront of ensuring a robust future for them—the strength of this country hinges on their success.”

Dr. Taylor is a graduate of historically Black Hampton University in Virginia where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Ph.D. in political science from historically Black Howard University in the District of Columbia.

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