Thursday, June 17, 2021
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 19, 2020

Tara Taylor (Courtesy photo)

The board of directors of Community Build, Inc. and President Robert Sausedo, announced the selection of Tara Taylor as its new interim chief operations officer.

Taylor will be in charge of Community Build’s daily operations, including managing a staff of 68 in two separate locations, the administrative offices in Leimert Park and the Youth and Community Center.  She will be responsible for ensuring each department and individual employee has the resources and support needed to operate CBI’s services and programs as well as CBI’s hundreds of client.  In addition, Taylor will also work to define the role and responsibilities for the permanent chief operations officer position.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know and understand Community Build, Inc. and the employees and laying out plans, formats and implementation guides that will take the organization to an even higher level of excellence.” Taylor said.


Taylor is the co-founder of Seed Collaborative, an organization that provides strategies for organizational and economic development and the creation of equity systems to nonprofits and government agencies.  She is a subject matter expert in economic development, financial management and business strategy.

Prior to joining Seed, Taylor served as the executive vice president of Dickerson Insurance Services, where she oversaw revenue generation and operations for the Large Group Consulting division.

Taylor was an executive with Community Financial Resource Center, Los Angeles’ first certified Community Development Financial Institution, for 16 years, the last eight years of which she served as its COO.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Taylor is a classically trained dancer and avid supporter of nonprofits in the areas of arts programming, civic engagement, economic & social justice, and educational attainment for underserved youth.

Community Build, Inc. President, Robert Sausedo, said bringing Taylor on board is a welcomed move and comes at a critical time in the organization’s future.  “The appointment of Tara Taylor as interim chief operations officer will allow an opportunity for me to solidify and increase CBI’s growth initiatives,” said Sausedo.  “With Tara managing the daily operations, I know the organization is in good hands and I will be free to do what I do best.”

Established in 1992, in the wake of the civil unrest by Brenda Shockley and Maxine Waters, Community Build’s programs and services focuses on revitalizing South Los Angeles by providing education, training, employment, and supportive services to youth and young adults. CBI’s programs place emphasis on outreach to at-risk youth, out-of-school youth, foster youth, youth offenders, gang-involved youth, first-generation college bound youth and families.

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