Jennifer A. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, primarily teaching in the nonprofit concentration and organizational behavior in the NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program.  Her teaching and research interests include philanthropy, volunteerism, civil society, and military families. Previously, she worked as a chief development officer and management consultant in the nonprofit sector for 15 years, raising over $10 million in operating funds in the arts, social services, and education. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Arts in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy Public Administration and Urban Policy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

At James Madison University, Dr. Taylor serves on the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council, MPA Governance Committee, Veterans Scholar Taskforce, as the Faculty Advisor to the Student Veterans Chapter on campus, and as an instructor in the Nonprofit Institute through Outreach and Engagement. Her courses include the Senior Seminar in Public & Nonprofit Management, MPA Capstone, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Philanthropy and Volunteerism, Ethics in International Non-Governmental Organizations, and Managing International Non-Governmental Organizations. In 2014 and again in 2015, her contributions to student mentorship and teaching were recognized with the Hall Outstanding Faculty/Staff Achievement Award and the Bluestone Award for Outstanding Advising.

Dr. Taylor was a lead investigator on the Blue Star Families' groundbreaking Military Family Lifestyle Survey, now in its seventh iteration, which examines a broad spectrum of issues affecting modern-day military families whose results are presented annually before the Joint Senate and House Military Family Caucus, and staff from the Department of Defense and the White House. Dr. Taylor's research on public service values and nonprofit leadership has been published in Voluntas, Virginia Social Science Review, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education as well as other news media outlets. She has appeared as a subject matter expert regarding philanthropy, nonprofit strategy, and military family public policy on various panels, advisory boards, conferences, and new shows.

In the community, Dr. Taylor is actively engaged as a volunteer in the Rockingham County Schools, the Shenandoah Valley Childrens’ Choir and the East Rockingham Barracudas Swim Team.  She cultivates girl leadership as a multi-level troop leader with the Girl Scouts of the Virginia Skyline.  After 15 permanent changes of station as a military family, she and her husband made their last move to the Shenandoah Valley with their three young children who enjoy popcorn, music, swimming, legos, and going to air shows.

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