Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Chief Executive Officer
Mike Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) in Richmond, Virginia. HEF serves Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS), the sixth largest school district in Virginia, with more than 51,000 students in 72 education centers. Mike joined HEF in 2014 and led the foundation through a strategic planning period to reestablish the organization’s vision and programs. As a result, the foundation has increased fundraising and revenues by 640%. He has 30 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience, including 12 years of leadership in the education foundation industry, and has raised more than $15 million to support public schools.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He earned his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in February 2020 and completed the Certified Education Foundation Leader (CEFL) program with the National School Foundation Association (NSFA) and National University in 2018. Mike is involved with public education on a local and national level, serving on the NSFA Industry Leadership Council and as Treasurer of the NSFA Board of Directors.

Prior to joining HEF, Mike was the Executive Director of the Mountain Education Foundation in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, a suburb of Chattanooga. He led the organization through a transition from a donor advised fund managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to an independent standalone 501(c)3 public charity, increasing fundraising and annual revenue by 400%.

Mike has a passion for creating strong public schools that ensure all children reach their fullest potential. His work at HEF is focused on transforming public education through the expansion of best practices, creation of innovation in the classroom, and development of research-based solutions that bring a Continuous Improvement approach to addressing the challenges facing public schools.

He is married to Julie Mills Taylor and lives in Henrico, Virginia. They have three children - one is a graduate of Henrico County Public Schools and is studying to become a teacher. Their other two children currently attend Henrico County Public Schools. Mike’s favorite part about working at HEF is connecting the innovative ideas from teachers with funders to create impactful change for our community’s children.