REDMOND, WA—Microsoft has named Andrea Taylor director for U.S. community affairs. She will set the strategy for and manage the implementation of Microsoft’s “Unlimited Potential” program; Puget Sound community engagement; and employee community programs in the U.S., including matching gifts and volunteering. Taylor will also work closely with nonprofit organizations, governments and businesses in the U.S. to advance employability and work-force development.
“A strong economic future depends on the strength and readiness of the U.S. work force, and it is important to support efforts to ensure that technology and skills are accessible to underserved communities across the country,” she says.
Taylor will report to Akhtar Badshah, senior director of community affairs.
Before joining Microsoft, Taylor was founding director of the Media Fund at the Ford Foundation, creating a $50 million global portfolio of media investments and providing support for hundreds of projects such as Sesame Street in China and South Africa, TV series such as Eyes on the Prize and The Pacific Century, and National Public Radio.