Executive Vice President
Stephanie Taylor is a Cause-Driven Leader and a change agent with 20 years of experience serving youth, families, and communities in the nonprofit sector. With expertise in leadership coaching, strategic planning, operations, and board governance, Stephanie has devoted her career to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and leading strategies to maximize impact. She joined the YMCA of Greater Houston as Vice President of Membership and Programs and now serves as Executive Vice President of Organizational Impact. In this role, Stephanie provides leadership and strategic direction to a dynamic team that delivers impactful programming through aquatics, family & active older adult programming, before & afterschool, early childhood education, teens, day camp, residential camp, outreach, social equity work, and 17 of the Houston Y’s locations.
Prior to joining the Houston Y, Stephanie served as a Resource Director with Y-USA supporting the CEOs and boards of 27 Y Associations across Pennsylvania and New Jersey in setting the strategic direction for their Ys and shifting their culture to one of ongoing strategic visioning, collaboration, and greater impact.
Stephanie has spent 18 years in the nonprofit sector delivering programs, fundraising, and leading organizations focused on community economic development, education, and youth development. She served as Managing Director for Dunleavy & Associates, a consulting firm based in the Greater Philadelphia area, where she led and coached several consultant teams in building capacity for nonprofits through the delivery of a wide range of services. Leveraging her operations/management background, Stephanie led the redesign and restructuring of the firm’s business model resulting in a cohesive strategic vision that would amplify the impact on clients and ensure the sustainability of the firm. Prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie led a Community Development Corporation dedicated to building strong communities in West Philadelphia through development and management of 70 affordable residential and commercial units, providing adult financial education and neighborhood economic development projects.
Stephanie holds an MBA (Eastern University, Pennsylvania) and a BS in Sports Management (High Point University, North Carolina). She grew up in Minneapolis, MN and is a product of the St. Paul YMCA’s Black Achievers program. She recently relocated to Houston, TX and her volunteer service has included serving as Chair of the Board of Ready, Willing and Able, a transitional housing nonprofit; the Strategic Planning Committee of Community Partnership School, an Independent School; and service as board member and Co-Chair for two board committees of a philanthropic foundation.