Mary Elizabeth Taylor is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Taylor has spent the past decade navigating the highest levels of the United States federal government, earning an esteemed reputation for building bipartisan consensus through challenging political environments.

From 2018-2020, Taylor served as the 32nd Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, becoming the first African American and youngest person to hold the post. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Reporting directly to the Secretary of State, Assistant Secretary Taylor served as the State Department’s lead interlocutor with the Legislative Branch, overseeing a team of 60 Department professionals facilitating dialogue and coordination with Congress.

From 2017-2018, Taylor served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. She led the successful, bipartisan Senate confirmation strategies of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Prior to the White House, Taylor worked on the United States Senate floor for Majority Leader McConnell.

A native Washingtonian, Taylor earned her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College. 

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2020, 9:16am