Monica Taylor

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Dr. Monica Taylor, Chair

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Dr. Monica Taylor

Dr. Monica Taylor was sworn into office for her first term on January 6th 2020. Dr. Taylor is the first African American elected to Delaware County Council. Beginning during her first few days in office, Dr. Taylor worked with the County team to implement monumental and historic changes in Delaware County.

Dr. Taylor spearheaded the effort to create a County Health Department from the ground up. The Delaware County Health Department was launched in April of 2022 with a mission to build healthy and thriving communities.

Safe and affordable housing is also a priority of Dr. Taylor’s. She collaborated with community partners to create the County’s Housing Continuum Coalition in January 2023. The coalition includes over 85 stakeholders, focused on helping unhoused residents, improving our rental housing infrastructure, and affordable home ownership.

As a mother to three daughters, Dr. Taylor understands the critical importance of maternal and child health. She worked to form the Delaware County Maternal Health Coalition, managed through the County Health Department, which focuses on health disparities and reducing the morbidity and mortality rates for birthing people in Delaware County.

Providing mental and behavioral supports and programming are a priority for Dr. Taylor. She has worked to form an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary Task Force to provide recommendations to County Council for short-term and immediate uses of the Opioid settlement funds, as well as long-term programming that can be supported by the new funding to reduce the number of people suffering with addiction and treats those battling addictions.

Dr. Taylor is a professor and graduate program director at Temple University. In addition to her teaching, research, and administrative duties, Dr. Taylor has worked on several community outreach projects to educate high school students about potential future careers in the health care industry. While at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia she spearheaded a project called Early STEAM working in local Philadelphia elementary schools to introduce young students to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Dr. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. She was a standout on the women’s basketball team, which led to her having the opportunity to play professionally in Ireland. Dr. Taylor served as a graduate assistant basketball coach at East Stroudsburg University while earning her master’s degree. Dr. Taylor went on to work at the United States Military Academy at West Point before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She returned to the Delaware Valley region after four years as a professor and assistant women’s basketball coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.

Community service is a core value of Dr. Taylor’s, and she demonstrates it by being involved in various projects, both small and large. She believes that improving our local community is a hands-on job.

Prior to serving on County Council, Dr. Taylor served on the Upper Darby School Board and Delaware County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors.

Dr. Taylor resides in Upper Darby with her husband, Jason and their three daughters.

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