Woodlawn Foundation names Mashonda Taylor new executive director

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The Woodlawn Foundation — an organization that serves as the lead organization of Woodlawn United, a collaboration of partners committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in the historic Woodlawn community of Birmingham, Ala. –  has named Mashonda Taylor its new executive director.

Taylor joined the Woodlawn Foundation in 2012 and succeeds Patricia Hoban-Moore, who has served as Interim Executive Director since original Director Sally Mackin’s departure last fall.

“Mashonda Taylor exudes the value of neighborhood commitment,” said Woodlawn Foundation Board Chairman Mike Goodrich. “A true servant leader, she is absolutely the right person for the role.”

Taylor, who also chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce for the Junior League of Birmingham said she is “truly humbled by the Board’s faith in me.”

“Their commitment to a thriving future for Woodlawn and its residents empowers us and Woodlawn’s residents every day,” Taylor said adding, “I learned a great deal under Sally Mackin and am honored to have the opportunity to build on her legacy of leadership. My colleagues and I are proud of the progress already evident – more – here, but we also look forward to deepening the collaborative relationships that make sustainable progress possible.”

A native of Birmingham, Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University and her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. In addition to her role at Woodlawn, she is active in several area organizations and initiatives. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Jones Valley Teaching Farm and was a member of the inaugural Alabama Leadership Initiative class.