Jan Taylor joined Oklahoma Contemporary in October 2018 to lead the Art Center to its new location at NW 11th and Broadway.
Taylor was previously director of philanthropy for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, where she led a development team responsible for $4.8 million of the museum’s $9.5 million budget. She oversaw long-range planning and strategy, proposal development, grant writing and corporate support, working with many high-profile corporations and individual patrons of the museum. As a member of the senior leadership team reporting to the President and CEO, she served as a liaison between the development department and the 70-member national board. Additional responsibilities included developing new strategies for VIP experiences and audience development, enhancement of corporate brand exposure, visibility and stewardship for sponsors and partnering with the education department to develop strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM (STEM + arts) programming for disadvantaged and at-risk youth.
Before her tenure at the Cowboy, she coordinated leadership gifts for World Neighbors, a nonprofit that fights hunger, poverty and disease in rural Asia, Africa and Latin America. As leadership gift officer managing a $3 million budget, she cultivated new donors and strengthened existing donor relationships. Traveling the central U.S. corridor, she created special events on a regional basis, working closely with donors to expand the reach of the organization. Founded in Oklahoma City in 1951, World Neighbors strengthens communities where the poorest of the poor learn techniques focusing on sustainable agriculture, seed banks, reproductive health, clean water, literacy, micro savings and credit and livelihoods aimed at lifting villagers out of a cycle of insurmountable odds.
From 1999-2006, Taylor served as vice president of marketing for Red River Industries, a medical equipment and supply start-up focusing on federal contracts. Red River was named the USDA small business of the year in 2003. Taylor has also worked as a retail marketing manager for Chanel Inc. and Estee Lauder Inc. She began her career as a public school teacher.
Taylor has a bachelor of science in education and pursued graduate studies in psychology at the University of Oklahoma.