Leadership that makes a difference

"I’m running for City Council because I want to ensure all Oaklanders have the chance to create better lives for themselves and their children."

A Nationally Recognized Community, Business, and Non-Profit Leader

Loren Taylor specializes in tackling complex challenges. He is regularly recruited to solve tough problems for cities, non-profits, and community organizations:

  • In Philadelphia, Loren brought health, medical, education, and business leaders together to develop a blueprint for reducing diabetes rates within the city’s African-American community.
  • Loren helped launch an international non-profit in West Africa which works with low-income women to help them start a business.
  • He worked with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing with community organizations to provide vital services for the homeless, and with G.E. to advance a breast cancer screening program in minority communities.
  • Today, Loren runs a successful Oakland firm which helps businesses and non-profits establish their vision, grow their operations, and improve lives in disadvantaged communities by eliminating health, education, and economic disparities.
  • Loren has a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Deep Roots in Oakland and a Family History of Public Service

Loren is a third generation Oaklander. He comes from a family with a history of public and community service.

Loren’s grandparents moved to Oakland from the South in the 1940’s. They came with little education, but with big hopes of building a better life and being part of a community. Loren’s grandfather served as a United States Army Technician (Tech Corporal) in World War II, and his mother was a longtime bilingual teacher in Oakland public schools. Loren feels blessed to have benefitted from the sacrifices made by those who came before, and to have had the opportunity to reach for his dreams growing up in Oakland.

Making a Difference in Oakland Through Non-Profits and Social Justice Organizations

Loren has dedicated himself to helping others in Oakland through service and leadership with non-profits and social justice groups. His work focuses on fighting poverty, reducing violence, creating opportunity, and improving education.

Board Member, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area
  • Partners with Oakland leaders to provide mentorship to local youth, advance entrepreneurship, spur economic development, and promote health and wellness.
  • Supports efforts with local governments to reduce police shootings involving unarmed African-Americans.
Capital Campaign Co-Chair, At the Crossroads

Co-led efforts to raise $4 million for local homeless youth services, to reduce the number of youth on our streets.

Board of Directors, West Oakland Health Council

Oversaw delivery of primary care, mental health, and substance abuse recovery services to East and West Oaklanders.

Advisory Council Member, Center for Youth Wellness

Advises team supporting children exposed to violence, neglect, and abuse.

Co-Founder, Boy Scout Troop 100, Beebe Memorial Cathedral

Empowers young people of color from Oakland teaching them life skills.

Dedicated Husband, Father, Mentor, and Local School Leader

Loren and his wife of 12 years, Erica, met at First Fridays in Oakland’s Preservation Park. They have two kids, daughter Camryn (8) and son Manny (5). Loren is committed to creating a better world for them and all children to grow up in.

Loren currently serves as a youth soccer coach, and served as PTA President at his kids' public school, where he worked with parents, teachers, and school leaders to cultivate a school community that helps all kids reach for their full potential.

Loren has also served as a mentor through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and has been active in creating youth development and education programs through his church. He is a member of the Shiloh Church, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and the East Oakland Collective.