Ms. Harper-Taylor serves with of the nation’s preeminent non-profit organizations dedicated to STEM education. During more than a decade of service she has impacted students, teachers and schools on a national scale, 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 in STEM that support, recognize and encourage the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. Ms. Harper-Taylor became Siemens Foundation’s program manager in March 2000, subsequently serving as program director and vice president before being named president in March 2010. In 2015, Ms. Harper-Taylor assumed responsibility for STEM Education efforts for the foundation. Throughout her tenure she has spearheaded partnerships with such education leaders as the College Board and Discovery Education to broaden the reach and impact of the foundation’s programs. Ms. Harper-Taylor is active on a number of fronts 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 (APLU) Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities. Previously, she served as the Diversity Council Chairperson for Siemens Corporation, USA. She is a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.