Expertise: Domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, reproductive justice
Jamila K. Taylor is a recognized leader in domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. At American Progress, she serves as a senior fellow and the director of Women’s Health and Rights—leading the organization’s efforts to develop and advance policies that ensure that women have an equal opportunity to live healthy and economically secure lives by making the best health choices for themselves and their families. Taylor has two decades 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. She has also worked for the Virginia General Assembly, The AIDS Institute, the National Network of Abortion Funds, the Center for Health and Gender Equity, and Ipas.
Taylor has published and presented extensively on topics related to reproductive health and rights and public policy. Her work has been seen in The Hill, RealClearPolicy, RealClearHealth, The Nation, U.S. News and World Report, Rewire, BillMoyers.com, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, as well as a host of other publications. She has provided commentary on women’s health policy issues on NPR, Morning Consult, Women@Work—Powered by the Wharton School, “The Leslie Marshall Show,” C-SPAN, Fox News, and other media programs.
Taylor graduated with honors from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University. Taylor serves on the board of directors for Provide Inc. and Mamatoto Village. She also serves on the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council Advocates Advisory Board of State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and as a collaborator with Black Mamas Matter Alliance.