Expertise: Domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, reproductive justice
Jamila K. Taylor is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Taylor was a senior policy advisor at Ipas, a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion and helping women realize their sexual and reproductive rights. In that role, Taylor led the organization’s global policy team on matters related to U.S. policy and abortion and directed the Ipas staff on strategies for promoting U.S. laws and policies that ensure access to abortion, including support for public funding. She also worked to inform members of Congress, executive branch officials, and social justice advocates about the role that U.S. policy plays in access to abortion for women nationally and abroad.
Taylor has more than 18 years of public policy and advocacy experience, beginning her career as a congressional staff member in the office of Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA) in the late 1990s. While working on Capitol Hill, she was responsible for health and education issues—with very strong interests in the health and human rights of disenfranchised groups, specifically reproductive justice for women of color.
From 2007 to 2009, Taylor worked as the senior public policy associate for the Center for Health and Gender Equity, or CHANGE. She also has worked on HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy for The AIDS Institute and on domestic abortion policy and advocacy for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Taylor has published and presented on a number of topics related to reproductive health and rights and public policy. Her most recent article, published in the Yale Journal of International Affairs, focused on U.S. foreign policy and global health funding trends.
Taylor holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University.