Taylor Epstein - Senior Director of Design Strategy

taylorE@upstartlab.org - 650.264.7323

Primary area of expertise: Product Market Fit
Coaching focus: Customer Discovery, Human Centered Design, Team Leadership and Supervision


As UpStart’s Director of Design Strategy, Taylor supports UpStart hubs in creating and implementing programs that serve the needs of local Jewish innovators. Taylor also oversees the design and implementation of our Bay Area programs and manages UpStart’s Silicon Valley office. Prior to joining the team, Taylor developed and implemented dynamic Youth Development programs at both Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. As a Shofar Fellow and participant in the Shalom Hartman Institute, Taylor gained expertise in designing educational experiences that engage and positively impact the Jewish community.

Taylor received her Masters in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, where she studied how to create optimal learning environments with the consideration of three key areas: cognition, socio-cultural context, and human-centered design. For her masters’ thesis, Taylor designed a professional development curriculum for informal educators, incorporating video into training practices in an effort to increase an educator’s self-efficacy when working with students.

When not at work, Taylor is probably watching a Giants game, at the theater, or enjoying dinner with friends.

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