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Peter J. Taylor

Peter J. Taylor became president of the ECMC Foundation in May 2014 and president of the Zenith Education Group in August 2016. The ECMC Foundation’s mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes among underserved populations through evidence-based innovation. The foundation’s annual grantmaking budget is $30 million and focuses on vocational education, college success, and teacher development programs. Zenith is a nonprofit vocational education organization that offers short-term programs in the allied health, automotive, and construction trades. It has nearly 9,000 students and operates 24 locations nationwide, in addition to offering online programs. Before joining the foundation and Zenith in Los Angeles, he spent five years as CFO of the University of California system. As the first CFO in the system’s history, he oversaw financial management for the $25 billion institution. Most of his professional career was in investment banking, with nearly 16 years in municipal finance banking for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. He has worked with state and local governments, school districts, electric and natural gas utilities, and universities to help finance a range of infrastructure projects and cash-flow loans. Active in the community, he was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the California State University system. He also serves on the boards of Edison International, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. He received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in public policy analysis from Claremont Graduate University. He is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship program in public affairs.

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