Community Leader of the Year Award: C. Marie Taylor

April 5th, 2019

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County recently announced the establishment of the LCMC Community Builder Awards. These awards recognize the educators, community leaders, and business leaders who understand the power of education for social elevation and empowerment.

Over the past several weeks, we have highlighted the work of our three recipients, and continue to celebrate them here. We hope you will join us on Thursday, May 9, 2019 to honor their achievements at our Inaugural Community Builder Awards Reception. Tickets are available for purchase; get yours today!


Community Leader of the Year Awardee
C. Marie Taylor

Ms. C. Marie Taylor has dedicated her life’s work to supporting the community. For more than 25 years, she has worked in service organizations, holding vital leadership positions within the Washington metropolitan area. Ms. Taylor has a talent for envisioning how the work of diverse community partners can complement each other while propelling their independent work to new levels.

Prior to joining Leadership Montgomery, Ms. Taylor served as the Executive Director of The Community Foundation; she served as a spokesperson for the Montgomery County office. In that capacity, Ms. Taylor focused on creating a philanthropic experience for donors that encouraged continued participation and giving. Additionally, she worked closely with an advisory board of community business leaders, and volunteers to promote local philanthropy in both Montgomery County and throughout the region.

Her extraordinary success at philanthropy is a credit to her talent at connecting organizations to communities.

Before joining The Community Foundation, she was the Executive Director of Interfaith Works. In that role, she made an immediate impact on the organization, expanding the organization’s housing and vocational services and staffing. Prior to joining Interfaith Works, Ms. Taylor worked at Food & Friends. She held several key positions during her 13 years with the agency, the last being Director of Programs.

Ms. Taylor’s commitment to serving diverse communities stands out among her many people-focused priorities. She is tirelessly attuned to the roles of gender, race, and national-origin in issues of social inequity. Currently, she is developing a yearlong Race Equity program the will be hosted by Montgomery College this Fall.

The Washington DC Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented her with its 2012 Outstanding Diversity Leader Award in recognition of her work in advancing diversity. Ms. Taylor’s influence extends regionally as she was recently named one of 2018 The Daily Record’s Top One Hundred Women in Maryland.

Service and philanthropy to impacted communities is something to which I have devoted my entire career. I am extremely honored to receive this award from an organization that is transforming lives and advancing our community.
C. Marie Taylor

Through her position at Leadership Montgomery, Marie embodies LCMC’s approach to using education as a way to build community and to better education.

Each year, Marie helps to educate leaders from government, corporate and non-profit sectors on how they can be better citizens.  With her guidance, Marie encourages leaders to create bonds across sectors. Through cross-sector relationships, we find new ways of working together that defy traditional boundaries. The result of which is the advancement of bold initiatives to benefit all residents of Montgomery County.

At LCMC, we attempt to make our work do the same! We thank Marie for showing us that collaboration is not only possible but necessary.

For more information about the Community Builder Awards Reception, please click here.

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