Board of Directors

Nicole Taylor, CEO and President of the Thrive Foundation for Youth, has twenty years of experience in the Bay Area non-profit community. She has held leadership roles in foundations, youth and education nonprofits, and worked early in her career as a teacher. She comes to Thrive from the East Bay Community Foundation where she served as President and CEO for six years. The foundation is one of the largest sources of philanthropic support for the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, managing charitable funds for individuals, families, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Under Nicole’s leadership, the foundation raised over $340 million and granted over $360 million in grants.

Before joining the East Bay Community Foundation in 2007, Nicole was Managing Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Prior to Stanford she was CEO of College Track, a nonprofit organization working to get underrepresented students successfully through high school and college. And prior to College Track, she was the director of Oakland’s Fund for Children and Youth, which at that time distributed over $7 million per year to youth-serving organizations in Oakland, California.

Nicole sits on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and of Common Sense Media. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area,” 2011, 2010, and 2000 and the Times’ List of “Most Admired CEOS,” 2010. She holds a B.A. in Human Biology and an M.A. in Education, both from Stanford University; and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Holy Names University, 2010.

Nicole loves to travel – especially seeing the world through her teenage son’s eyes – and has a background in music and theater.