Jessica Taylor

Vice President at Goldman Sachs

Jessica is a Vice President in Goldman Sachs’s Office of Corporate Engagement where she works on the 10,000 Small Businesses program, which helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses by providing education, support services and access to capital. Jessica oversees 10,000 Small Businesses sites in Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. Previously, Jessica was an Executive Director at the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) where she managed the Avenue NYC program, providing grant funds to over 40 local development organizations citywide for commercial revitalization projects. Additionally while at SBS, Jessica managed several Superstorm Sandy programs designed to revitalize storm-impacted commercial corridors. Jessica’s passion for economic and community development motivated her early in her career to execute locally-based health and education programs. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, implementing health programs in rural school communities, and she designed and implemented a support program for clients at an HIV/AIDS clinic with the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation. Jessica earned her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Spanish at the University of Virginia, and her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA). While at SIPA, Jessica worked on projects with the NYC Office of Management and Budget and the US Department of State. In 2011 she helped to reignite the SIPA Students of Color organization and served as its President. Jessica was a participant in the 25th cohort of Coro Leadership New York and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Jessica also serves on the Board of Directors of OIC of America, a national workforce development non-profit that targets underserved communities.