Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor is the Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE.
As the Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE, Myra Jones-Taylor leads the development and implementation of ZERO TO THREE’s policy agenda, priorities, and strategies; oversees the Policy Center, which includes federal and state policy, advocacy, and federally-funded technical assistance units; and serves as the principal spokesperson and point of contact for the organization on public policy matters with policymakers, the media, funders, and partner organizations.
Prior to this role, Dr. Jones-Taylor served as the founding Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. The cabinet-level state agency was responsible for early intervention programs, home visiting, early care and education, and child care licensing programs across the state, serving more than 50,000 children each year. She received her doctorate in American studies and anthropology from Yale University. Dr. Jones-Taylor is an active board member of organizations committed to young children and ending racial and social inequality, including All Our Kin and the Irving Harris Foundation. She is also a member of the Irving Harris Early Childhood and Reproductive Health Advisory Committee, and is both an Ascend Fellow and a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute. In 2020, she was named to the inaugural Care 100, honoring the 100 most influential people working to re-imagine and re-humanize the care system.
Dr. Jones-Taylor lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.