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Marnie Taylor – Center for NonProfits

Taylor began her tenure as President and CEO in January 2011 after a number of years serving on the board of directors. One of Oklahoma’s leading governance experts, she has more than 40 years of leadership in volunteerism, board service, fundraising and community engagement. She has served on more than 30 boards of directors. Currently, she serves on the boards of Potts Family Foundation, ReMerge, Sunbeam Family Services and the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion. She currently serves as vice chair for the National Council of Nonprofits.

Taylor is a graduate of Notre Dame. A native of South Bend, Ind., she began her professional career in advertising with the Chicago Tribune. After marrying her husband, Clayton, the couple moved to Oklahoma. While she and Clayton had two brief stints away from the state, they have made Oklahoma their home for the past 39 years. Taylor is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV, Leadership Oklahoma City Class XV, SALLT Class X, Founding Director of Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) and founding member of United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Women’s Leadership Society. She also served for 10 years as a historic preservation commissioner for Oklahoma City.

Taylor is past board president of Oklahoma County Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Oklahoma Outreach Foundation, CASA of Oklahoma County, Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City and Volunteer Center of Central Oklahoma. She has held leadership board positions for Oklahoma Arts Institute, World Neighbors, American Red Cross, Junior League of Oklahoma City, and ReMerge.

For her service to the community, Taylor has been honored as the Journal Record’s “Woman of the Year” in 2013, Junior League of Oklahoma City’s “Sustainer of the Year” in 2011 and recipient of the 2018 “President’s Spirit of Commitment Award,” “Distinguished Leader” by the National Association of Community Leadership, “Woman in the News” by Oklahoma Hospitality Club, “Person of the Year” by Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City, “Board Member of the Year” for both Red Cross and CASA. She has received the “Dare to Believe Award” from Oklahoma Outreach Foundation, “Dulaney-Brown Library Society Award” from Oklahoma City University and the “Forever Orange Award” from Oklahoma State University—Oklahoma City. Most recently, Taylor has been named the Journal Record’s “Most Admired CEO” in the nonprofit category.

Taylor’s additional affiliations include: Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Allied Arts Circle Club, Downtown Oklahoma City Rotary, Economics Club of Oklahoma City, Friends of OU Breast Institute, John L. Peters Society, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Annie Oakley Society and Prix de West Society, Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Business Round Table, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits’ Chairman’s Circle, Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Women for Oklahoma State University.
Taylor enjoys spending time with Clayton, her husband of 38 years, her son Clay, his wife Becky and their children Josie and Tripp of Oklahoma City, and her son Clark of Crested Butte, Colo. Taylor enjoys fitness, travelling, hiking and skiing in Colorado, reading and staying connected with local and national politics. One of her proudest accomplishments is climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Chair of the Day

Pat Potts co-founded the Community Resource Development Foundation and its successor, the Potts Family Foundation (PFF).  She also founded the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and served as president and CEO for over 20 years. Pat was also a founder of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. She previously served as President on the Oklahoma City School Board, Oklahoma City Beautiful, the Zoo Trust, and the Society of Fund Raising Executives.

Pat was honored by the Journal Record as “Woman of the Year” in 2012. Among her awards were subsequent induction into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame and with her husband, Ray Potts, into the OCU Business School Hall of Honor in 2017. In 2019 she received the Lifetime Achievement award from Leadership Oklahoma.

She focuses on leveraging resources “to address root causes and build the human potential of the people of our state one child and one organization at a time.”

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