Michael Taylor, Senior Fellow

Mike Taylor is a Senior Fellow at the Meridian Institute and an advisor to the Food and Society Program at the Aspen Institute. His primary interests are food safety globally and food security in Africa and other developing regions.
Until June 1, 2016, Mr. Taylor was Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He led a comprehensive overhaul of the FDA’s food safety program, which Congress mandated in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, and oversaw all of the agency’s food-related activities, including its nutrition, labeling, food additive, dietary supplement, and animal drug programs.
Mr. Taylor served previously at the FDA as a staff attorney and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy (1991–94) and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety (1994–96). Prior to rejoining the FDA in July 2009, he spent nearly a decade in academia conducting food safety, food security, and public health policy research, most recently at George Washington University’s School of Public Health. He also served during that time as a Senior Fellow at the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, where he conducted research on U.S. policies affecting agricultural development and food security in Africa.
In the private sector, Mr. Taylor founded the food and drug practice and was a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding, was Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Company, and served on the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger and RESOLVE, Inc. He is currently a board member of STOP Foodborne Illness and Clear Labs, Inc. He is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia School of Law.