Susannah Taylor Joins Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Board of Directors


Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Susannah Taylor to its Board of Directors, effective Friday, June 7, 2019.

“We proudly welcome Susannah to the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation Chairman Alan Fishman. “Her extensive experience in finance and nonprofit management coupled with her dedication to Brooklyn make Susannah an excellent addition to our executive leadership team. We look forward to her involvement as the Foundation continues to grow its impact on the borough.”  

Ms. Taylor is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development at READ 718, a literacy nonprofit in Brooklyn. Prior to joining the staff of READ 718, she was a founding board member there, serving on the board from 2015 until 2018. Before joining READ 718, Ms. Taylor was Director of Finance at Malia Mills, a fashion company headquartered in Brooklyn, and spent 10 years working at Goldman Sachs in investment banking.

“Organizations focused on issues of access, opportunity, and racial and social justice are engaged in critical work in this country and in the borough of Brooklyn,” said Ms. Taylor. “Brooklyn Community Foundation is partnering with and supporting local Brooklyn organizations at the forefront of this work, and I am honored and proud to stand alongside the staff and board of the Foundation in fighting for a fair and just Brooklyn.”

Ms. Taylor graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English Literature. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she moved to Manhattan in 1990 and to Brooklyn in 2002, where she lives in Park Slope with her husband and three daughters.

Launched in 2009 as the first and still only foundation for New York City’s largest borough, Brooklyn Community Foundation mobilizes people, capital, and expertise to achieve its vision of a fair and just Brooklyn. The Foundation’s 20-member Board of Directors stewards its strategic grantmaking and special initiatives as well as the growth of its philanthropic assets to benefit Brooklyn communities now and into the future.


Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided nearly $40 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at

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