Blair Taylor, executive vice president of College Summit, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that helps low-income high school students get into college, will succeed John W. Mack as president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Urban League, the league announced Thursday.
The appointment was hailed by Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), for whom Taylor served as a senior staff member when Ridley-Thomas was a member of the Los Angeles City Council.
"Blair Taylor has the vision for this work and a commitment to community advancement," Ridley-Thomas said.
"He will bring a crucial insight to the position at this very important time for our community," he said. "His knowledge of public safety and economic development issues ... his record as a coalition builder and his association with progressive causes should serve the league well."
Taylor, a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts and the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, was an executive with IBM and PepsiCo, where he directed sales and marketing to colleges and secondary schools. His achievements in the business world won him recognition as California's Blue Chip Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.