Patricia Taylor

A professional in government, management consulting, and private industry, Dr. Taylor joined the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) on detail from the National Security Agency (NSA) in August 2004 and accepted a permanent position with ODNI in March 2007. She was named Chief of the Office of Intelligence Community (IC) EEO and Diversity in April 2008. Reporting to the DNI, she advised IC senior leaders, set policy, and designed and implemented innovative strategies and programs to improve equity, inclusion, and diversity in all 17 IC agencies and components.

Before ODNI, Dr. Taylor served for 10 years at NSA. In her last position, she was the associate director for human resources, reporting to the director of NSA and serving as part of his senior leadership team. In this role, she led major e-HR, outsourcing, and rightsizing initiatives through the 9/11 attacks on our nation, and helped move HR from "high-touch" to "high-tech." Prior to that, Dr. Taylor served as commandant of the National Cryptologic School—NSA's accredited corporate university—where she renovated school structure, curricula, management processes, and e-learning activities. Dr. Taylor also designed and implemented the NSA's corporate performance measurement system.

She served 10 years with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) prior to NSA, serving last as director of Information Resources Management issues, leading large-scale reviews of major information systems design and implementation projects and business process reengineering efforts. Dr. Taylor graduated from GAO's Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and served successfully in a number of senior positions, including executive assistant to the U.S. Comptroller General. She advised senior leadership on strategic planning and performance measurement issues, led management reviews of many large agencies, and identified savings in excess of $15 billion. She testified before many congressional committees, drafted major legislation, and met regularly with congressional members and staff.

Before federal service, Dr. Taylor worked 15 years in the private sector, first in increasingly responsible positions in human resources, accounting, and marketing with British Petroleum and then as an information systems consultant and a management consultant with two firms—Deloitte and Cresap.

In recognition of her achievements, Dr. Taylor was awarded an NSA fellowship to complete her PhD at Capella University. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, where she was elected class speaker and chair of the Executive Forum Committee.

Dr. Taylor is in her ninth year as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland. She served on the board of directors of the U.S. Women's Army Foundation and is an accomplished, recognized, motivational speaker. Dr. Taylor also presents on a number of topics, including diversity, overcoming career challenges, performance measurement, mentoring, interviewing techniques, conflict management, and dispute resolution.