L. Vance Taylor
Luis Vance Taylor is the Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after a disaster.
Previously, Mr. Taylor served as a Principal at the DC-based Catalyst Partners, and before that, he served at the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) where he handled security-related policy issues affecting the drinking water and wastewater sector. Mr. Taylor applied his expertise in the area of critical infrastructure protection to advance the security posture of the nation’s largest water utilities by supporting the Water Sector Coordinating Council, serving as a Subject Matter Expert to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, working as a partner to EPA’s Water Security Division, and facilitating security policy for the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC).
While at AMWA, Mr. Taylor also participated on teams responsible for drafting the drinking water and wastewater Sector-Specific Plan, developing RAMCAP-compatible vulnerability assessments for water utilities, and refining DHS’ Tier I & II Criteria for water.
Before working in the water sector, Mr. Taylor worked as an aide for two members of the House of Representatives; Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-01) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-16). While on Capitol Hill, Mr. Taylor provided advice and recommendations to members on such issues as homeland security, immigration, and grants.
Mr. Taylor is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities. He has a Master’s degree in homeland security from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in communications.