As President of the Siemens Foundation, Jeniffer Harper-Taylor leads one of the nation's preeminent nonprofit organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. During more than a decade of service she has impacted students, teachers, and schools nationwide, introducing tens of thousands of young people to opportunities in STEM. Today she oversees an annual investment of more than $7 million in innovative education programs that support, recognize, and encourage the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.
Ms. Harper-Taylor joined Siemens in 1999 as a university recruitment manager. She then joined the Siemens Foundation as Program Manager in March 2000, subsequently serving as Program Director and Vice President before being named President in March 2010. Throughout her tenure she has spearheaded partnerships with education leaders such as the College Board, Discovery Education, National Science Teachers Association, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities to broaden the reach and impact of the Foundation's programs. These programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology; Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement; Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge; Siemens STEM Academy; and Siemens Science Days.
Ms. Harper-Taylor is active on a number of fronts in working to close the minority gap in STEM. She is a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities. She also serves on The Conference Board's Contributions Council, a group dedicated to advancing the practice of corporate philanthropy. Previously, she served as Chair of the Diversity Council for Siemens Corporation, USA.
Ms. Harper-Taylor is considered a leader in STEM education outreach advocacy and has appeared regularly in such media outlets as U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg Radio. She is based at the Foundation's headquarters in Iselin, New Jersey.