Abby Taylor-Silva

Ex-Officio Member

Northern California


Abby Taylor-Silva is the Executive Vice President of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation committed to leadership training and transformational learning experiences in partnership with four California universities: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Cal Poly, Pomona; California State University, Fresno; and the University of California, Davis. The foundation supports the longest continuously-operating leadership training experience of its kind in the United States, which is widely considered to be the premier program, in its niche, in the world. Taylor-Silva is a proud alumnae of the Foundation’s forty-fifth class.

Prior to joining the foundation, Taylor-Silva spent two decades working on behalf of growers, shippers and processors on the Central Coast of California. In her various roles with the California Strawberry Commission, Ag Against Hunger, and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California she engaged on a variety of issues, including water supply and quality, food safety, sustainability, crop input management, community hunger solutions, and various industry-wide philanthropy endeavors.

Taylor-Silva is a native of Monterey and San Benito counties. Her family farmed in Monterey County for over 50 years, growing sugar beets, peppers, tomatoes, pink beans and more. As a graduate of UC Davis, she received her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science, and minored in Agricultural and Managerial Economics. She is currently enrolled in St. Mary’s College of California’s Executive MBA program.

Taylor-Silva serves on the Board of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and is the immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Salinas. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council to both the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis and the College of Science Leadership Council at California State University, Monterey Bay.

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