Chief Inclusion OfficerCompany: State of Minnesota
Role: DIB Presenter
Session: Creating One Minnesota with Governor Tim Walz
As the Chief Inclusion Officer, I am invested in creating a more inclusive Minnesota. My work encompasses a systems approach to change. Developing an internal strategy for Diversity and Inclusion allows me to work across all functions of state government, providing a framework for inclusive programs, increasing the cultural competency of state employees, and working to create a more diverse staff at all levels of employment.
Taylor has served the Minnesota Historical Society for nearly 14 years, joining the organization as the Diversity Outreach Manager, providing support for students in the National History Day program. Additionally, Taylor is an independent nonprofit consultant, focusing on strategic planning, intercultural competency trainings, and building inclusive leadership. He has developed and facilitated undergraduate museum fellowship programs and is a co-creator and of the Heritage Studies and Public History program, a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota.
Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in the Organization Development and Change program at the University of St. Thomas.
About the Chief Inclusion Officer
The Chief Inclusion Officer will help provide direction to advance the work of diversifying employees and appointments, improve employee retention, expand government contracts with diverse businesses, create equitable policies, programs, and community engagement, and fulfill the Administration’s commitment to become one of the best employers in the State of Minnesota. The Officer will also oversee the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity established by Governor Walz’s first executive order.
The Chief Inclusion Officer position was created in 2016 by the Dayton Administration. The role, while still housed in the Governor’s Office, has been elevated to Assistant Commissioner status.