Hon. Taylor Raynor

Member of Assembly
District: 18 Office Address:
33 Front Street, Suite 104, Hempstead, NY 11550
Office Phone:
516-489-6610

Taylor Raynor is an American and British citizen who was born in Brooklyn to Raulston and Towana Bertley. The standard of excellence they applied to their lives was immediately bestowed onto her. Her father, Raulston, served in the military and her mother, Towana, devoted her life to law, justice and education. During her early childhood, Taylor lived in Europe with her devoted parents. It was there that she welcomed her little sister, Sydney, who has been Taylor's biggest supporter and best friend ever since.

Taylor's father taught her the game of chess around age 4. She and her sister, Sydney, became nationally ranked chess players who practiced and competed seven days a week. Her chess team, Soulmates Chess Club, came 14th in the nation in 1994. Taylor credits the game for developing her strategic approach to problem-solving, which has served her well in every endeavor she has assumed.

In an effort to increase the amount of healthy two-parent households in America, Taylor has devoted her life to the field of psychology. She attended her dream college, Spelman College, at 16 years old and was accepted into a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at age 19. Taylor eventually transferred to Hofstra University and became an Industrial Organizational Psychologist.

Taylor has worked in various industries creating and implementing systems to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability. Taylor's holistic and humanistic approach kept her in high demand in the private sector, but the great needs of her community required her attention. Her sister challenged her and said "you get paid to fix things, fix our community." What followed is a story that reads like David and Goliath.

Taylor is a crusader for inclusion, equity and economic and social justice. She leads with transparency, strategic efficiency, simplicity and curiosity.