Taylor Epstein - Senior Director, 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 Senior Director, Design Strategy, Taylor creates and implements professional development opportunities for innovators in the Jewish community. Taylor oversees program development organization-wide, ensuring the highest quality support for social entrepreneurs, helping them transform vision and passion into successful, scalable Jewish ventures. She is also a valued member of the leadership team, helping guide organizational design and strategy to scale impact.

Previously, Taylor developed and led dynamic youth development programs at JFCS and the Marin JCC. As a Shofar Fellow and participant in the Community Leadership Program with the Shalom Hartman Institute, Taylor gained expertise in designing educational experiences that engage and positively impact the Jewish community. Taylor received her Master’s 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 design. For her thesis, Taylor designed a training curriculum to increase a mentor’s self-efficacy when working with students. When not at work, Taylor is probably watching a Giant’s game, at the theater, or enjoying dinner with friends.


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