Andrea L. Taylor

Andrea L. Taylor

Senior Diversity Officer

Andrea L. Taylor is the inaugural Senior Diversity Officer at Boston University in the Office of the President. Before joining the BU leadership team, Taylor was President & CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Taylor, a BU alum, is chairperson of the campus-wide Antiracism Working Group and the Community Safety Advisory Group and co-chairs the Task Force on Workplace Culture. Taylor, a former BU trustee, also supports a range of diversity, equity, and inclusion activities across BU’s campuses. Previously, she was Director of Citizenship and Corporate Giving for Microsoft Corporation in North America. As founding director of the Media Fund at the Ford Foundation, she supported global documentary film and broadcast productions about civil rights and social justice, such as Eyes on the Prize. During a career in philanthropy, she distributed over $1 billion to support global initiatives promoting social equity.


  • President & CEO, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 
  • Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, North America, Microsoft Corporation 
  • Vice President, Center for Media & Community, Education Development Center 
  • President, Benton Foundation 
  • Director, Global Media Projects, Ford Foundation  
  • Founder & Director, Davis Creek Capital / A.H. Brown Enterprises  
  • Deputy Director, Institute of the Arts, Harvard University 


  • Post-graduate studies (certificate) in International Affairs, New York University 
  • Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Boston University  


  • Boston University, Member of the Board of Trustees 
  • New York Public Radio, Honorary Trustee  
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Board of Trustees 
  • The HistoryMakers, Board of Directors, Secretary 
  • Delegate for the United Nations conferences on women (Beijing), populations (Cairo) & technology (Tunis)