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JT Taylor, MPH, MPP

Director
JT.Taylor@learningforaction.com

JT joined LFA in 2006 with a background in public health, behavioral health, HIV prevention, and LGBTQ health and civil rights. JT’s evaluation, research, and capacity building work at LFA focuses on clients in these fields, whose work inspires JT every day. Strong technical skills in both quantitative and qualitative research, extensive experience with community-based and public organizations, and deep commitment to social justice benefit every aspect of JT’s consulting work. JT is also a skilled facilitator and trainer. JT enjoys using the consultant role to build organizations’ capacity to measure their impact, tell their stories, and create sustainable change and equity for all communities. Above all, JT uses participatory and collaborative approaches to the work to ensure we are asking the right questions, reaching the right conclusions, and distributing the power of information equitably.

As Director of Equitable Practice, JT supports the LFA team in embedding an equity, racial justice, and social justice lens into our consulting work. JT also co-founded and serves on the Cultural Humility Committee to facilitate ongoing personal and organizational reflection at LFA and to develop skills and tools for keeping LFA’s work responsive to our clients’ diverse perspectives, values, and cultural contexts.

JT has a passion for behavioral health and wellness—particularly in queer and transgender communities—and for supporting those affected by trauma that long precedes JT’s time at LFA. JT spent over ten years volunteering on various crisis helplines—including co-founding one—such as the LGBT Hotline of San Francisco. In addition, JT’s previous work as an HIV prevention outreach worker and test counselor in community clinics intersected with issues of behavioral health and trauma in significant ways. Before coming to LFA, JT held program planning, policy analysis, research, and evaluation jobs with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the National Housing Law Project, Alameda County Social Services Agency, and the Health Professions Partnership Initiative.   

Education

  • Master of Public Health, Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation of Trauma Transformed (T2), a regional effort to create a coordinated and trauma-informed system of care for youth across seven Bay Area counties
  • Evaluation of Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Programs’ Youth Trauma Informed Care Grant Program
  • LGBTQI Violence Prevention Needs Assessment, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Evaluation, Capacity Building, Planning, and Facilitation for San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services’ Mental Health Services Act programs and contractors
  • Evaluation of the Transgender Law Center’s Transgender Healthcare Access Project, Project HEALTH
  • Development of Monitoring & Evaluation System and Evaluation Capacity Building for Rural Education and Development (READ) Global
  • Evaluation and Structural Change Grantmaking Toolkit for Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Common Vision Initiative