Driven Leader, Servant Spirit
Ronald S. Taylor is a servant-leader who believes in meeting the highest priority needs of others. He sees the common good and works to serve it. He believes in developing the full potential of employees, connecting them to a shared mission, and exceeding the expectations of those participating in the programs of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA).
As President & CEO of DAAA, Taylor leads an agency of 150 staff members with an operating budget of $73 million. DAAA -- one of 16 Area Agencies on Aging in Michigan -- serves over 90,000 seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities annually, including the largest minority population of older adults in the state. He joined the organization in October 2018.
Taylor has had local, state and national experience in social services, governmental/non-profit and faith-based sectors. He has bulit key coalitions, partnerships and community networks vital to keeping adults safe and independent in their homes and communities as long as possible. His business practices are focused on continuous quality improvement, optimizing productivity, program development and implementation and consensus building.
Taylor is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He began his career at the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio where he was Director of Program Development and Quality Assurance. While there, he was recognized as one of Ebony magazine's 30 Leaders of the Future.
At the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Taylor was the Division Director, Statewide Community Based Services. He led a staff of 240 and was responsible for a $330 million budget to administer the federal funding directed to programs of the Older Americans Act, including care management, caregiving, and senior employment and meal programs. Under his leadership, Florida's Nursing Home Diversion Program became a national model to transition individuals from institutional to community-based settings.
At the federal level, Taylor was an Aging Services Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Community Living (ACL). From a regional office in Atlanta, Georgia, he was the liaison for eight different states - interpreting federal regulations, policies, guidelines and instructions for States, Area Agencies on Aging, and other organizations and institutions serving older persons, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers.
Ronald Taylor was a 2005 Fellow in the Re-Balancing Long-Term Care Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Minnesota.
Taylor received a Master of Business Administration - Management, Tiffin University, 2001; Master of Arts - Urban Planning, The University of Akron, 1989; Bachelor of Arts - Social Work, The University of Akron, 1988.