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BIO: David Taylor


David N. Taylor is Executive Director and First Vice President of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA), a statewide trade organization representing the interests of manufacturers in the state’s public policy process since 1909.

Taylor is a 1990 graduate of Dickinson College, where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Dramatic Arts.  He previously worked for the Research Department of the Republican National Committee in Washington DC, the late state Sen. John J. Shumaker (R-Dauphin), and the Pennsylvania Leadership Council.

Immediately prior to joining PMA in 1997, he worked in the Washington DC office of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Allegheny), where he served as the staff writer for issues before the U.S. Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Intelligence, and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Taylor serves on the boards of directors of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Lincoln Institute for Public Opinion Research, the Pennsylvania Leadership Council, the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, the Pennsylvania eCommerce Association, and the Pennsylvania Business Council Education Foundation.  Since 2010, Taylor has represented the northeast United States on the board of directors of the Conference of State Manufacturers Associations. He is also an Advisory Committee member of the Pennsylvania Steel Alliance. 

In 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed him to the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Commission. In 2006, the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal named him one of the “Top Forty under 40” business leaders. In 2002, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on a review panel for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Presidential Rank Awards program.

In the community, David serves as President of Gamut Theatre Group, home of the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company and Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre.  He is also School Board President of Commonwealth Connections Academy, a statewide online charter school, and a member of Central Pennsylvania MENSA. 

A native of Huntingdon PA, he is the son of former Huntingdon County President Judge Newton C. Taylor and Nancy R. Taylor.  David lives near Hershey PA with his wife Erica and daughter Meredith.