Aba Taylor has been involved in social justice work for over 15 years supporting immigrants, people affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI advocacy, women’s rights, and racial and economic justice movements. Having worked for the United Nations, African Services Committee, Lambda Legal, Liberty Hill Foundation, ACT-UP and a host of other civil rights, social justice and cultural organizations committed to uplifting myriad communities, she has promoted anti-violence and anti-bias strategies and education, facilitated numerous cultural competency and civil rights trainings, used media and cultural work to shift public perceptions, and created and managed programs to create greater opportunities for some of society’s most marginalized people.
Taylor has also worked as a consultant for multiple community-based organizations, as a freelance writer for several cultural magazines and served on a number of boards. Prior to joining WMCN, Taylor was the deputy director of the Astraea Foundation.Taylor has lived, worked and traveled in South and East Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Central America, and North America.
In addition to her career as a nonprofit professional, she is an avid supporter and participant of engaging arts, culture and creative expression as a means for social change. Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service and Nonprofit Management from the School of International Training and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Alumni.
“What really excites me about stepping into this role is the opportunity to propel the momentum that the Winchester Multicultural Network’s board has built over the past 24 years. I have come across a spectrum of individuals and organizations convening in the name of social change, and yet I am struck, perhaps even awestruck really, with the sincerity and commitment that the Network’s board displays in doing the honest, and sometimes grueling self-work needed to stand up as every-day advocates for tolerance and inclusion.
Overcoming bias and inequality, achieving equity and justice – from the individual all the way to the institutional and cultural levels—is not only a lifetime’s work; it is generational in its need to perpetuate and sustain impact. While I look forward to applying my knowledge and skills to this transformative work, my hope is that each of us will demonstrate leadership in pushing the mission forward and elevating ourselves, our communities and our drive for collective celebration of difference.”
– Aba Taylor