Chandra Taylor Smith heads Audubon's diversity and inclusion program. Since she started at Audubon in 2012, Taylor Smith has established a sustainable structure for launching the cross flyway strategy, Creating Bird-friendly Communities (BFC). Already, BFC launched a national Lights Out initiative as its first signature program and has designed a three-tiered BFC architecture for engaging conservation action at the individual, public, and community/landscape scale.
With a background in education policy, Christian ministry, and an academic concentration in ecological theology, Taylor Smith brings her passion, commitment to education, and life-long interest in the intersection of the cultural, spiritual, and physical health dimensions of human connections with nature to Audubon's extensive network of environmental learning opportunities. Her goal is to make environmental education and bird conservation a relevant concern and second nature action for people from diverse backgrounds-- ensuring all people can become involved in sustaining the health of the habitats which birds and people share.
Before joining Audubon, Taylor Smith was Vice President for Research at the Council for Opportunity in Education and Director of The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, where she led Pell's mission to encourage policy makers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Taylor Smith is also an ordained minister and former Assistant Director of Ministerial Studies at Harvard.
Ph.D. in Ecological Theology, Vanderbilt University
M.Div., in Church and Society, Harvard Divinity School
B.A. in Philosophy, Vanderbilt University