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Stephanie Taylor
Stephanie Taylor
Dr. Stephanie Taylor in 2020
Alma mater University of Virginia
Columbia University
Georgetown University
Occupation Co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, political activist, author
Organization Progressive Change Campaign Committee (co-founder), Progressive Change Institute (co-founder)

Dr. Stephanie Taylor is a political activist and author, and co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Early life and education

Taylor grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her mother was a medical secretary at the University of Virginia Medical Center, and was active in efforts to organize a union there in the 1990s. After college, Taylor worked as a union organizer in Appalachia. Taylor holds a BA from the University of Virginia, an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD in American history from Georgetown University, where she wrote a dissertation about citizenship and the U.S. labor movement.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Taylor co-founded the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009. She vets and approves all organizational endorsements, which have included Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal, Katie Porter, Deb Haaland, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Jamie Raskin, Mondaire Jones, and Jamaal Bowman.

Taylor is the architect and director of PIES, a campaign-in-a-box platform for political candidates to autonomously build and host their own websites, manage their own email lists and fundraising programs, and design their own print-ready direct mail. She has created a training program for candidates, and written a number of guides for candidates and elected officials. Taylor describes the candidate support program as "a movement of progressive activists taking power at every level — local, state and federal."

Work with the Biden 2020 administration transition team

In November 2020, Taylor led a nationwide progressive effort to identify qualified public service personnel who could serve in a Biden administration. The effort culminated in the 400-person “Directory of Public Sector and Nonprofit Leadership".


In 2019, Taylor authored her first children's book, titled "I Can Change Everything”.

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