Peter J. Taylor, President
Peter Taylor is president and chief executive officer of Zenith Education Group, a nonprofit provider of career school training, and president of ECMC Foundation. In his foundation role, Taylor leads more than $60 million of investments in initiatives affecting educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the areas of teacher and leader development, college success and career readiness. Since 2015, he has also led the ongoing partnership between ECMC Foundation and Zenith that results in approximately $12 million in grants annually. The Foundation has earmarked $250 million to support the transformative investments and innovations across Zenith's network of schools.
Before joining ECMC Foundation, Taylor served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the University of California system. During his time there, Taylor oversaw all aspects of financial management at the 10 campuses, five academic medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Most of Taylor's professional career was in the investment banking industry, with nearly 16 years in municipal finance banking for Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, where he was Managing Director for the West Coast Fixed Income Group. His experience also includes more than six years on the legislative staff of the California State Assembly Majority Leader.
Active in the community, Taylor was recently appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Board of Trustees of the California State University system. He also serves on the boards of Edison International and Pacific Life. He previously served as President of the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Alumni Representative on the UC Board of Regents, and a Board Member of the J Paul Getty Trust.
In 2004, Taylor was appointed to the California Performance Review Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The CPR was a process designed to study the operations of state government and make restructuring recommendations. From 2000 – 2002, Taylor served on the Board of the California Student Aid Commission, as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis.
Taylor is an accomplished speaker and author, with a particular focus on the role of career and technical education (CTE) in closing the skills gap – a central challenge facing our nation's economy – and the need for a collective effort among stakeholders to break down the stigma that holds CTE and its students back. His perspective has been published by The Washington Post, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Dallas Morning News, the Detroit News and InsideSources.