Terri Taylor

Strategy Director for Innovation and Discovery at Lumina Foundation

Terri Taylor is strategy director for innovation and discovery at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Working from Lumina’s office in Washington, D.C., Taylor leads the foundation’s efforts to develop new strategies to respond to the increasingly common question, education for what? This involves exploring new topic areas, building new relationships, and promoting systemic approaches to prepare people for human work in an increasingly complex, technology-mediated society. She also serves on the team dedicated to increasing bachelor’s degree attainment at four-year institutions. In her prior role at Lumina, Taylor led the foundation’s postsecondary finance work, including state-level efforts to support adult learner enrolment and success, exploration of challenges and opportunities for borrowers of colour, and innovative approaches to postsecondary finance.

Before coming to Lumina, Terri worked at EducationCounsel, where she advised organizations, institutions, and foundations and wrote on equity, quality, and attainment. She earned a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in American studies and religious studies from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She started her career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English as a second language in Kyrgyzstan. She now lives in Paris with her husband and young son.