Laura Taylor-Kale was a 2017-2018 International Affairs Fellow (IAF) at the Council on Foreign Relations. During her IAF year, she researched the impact of artificial intelligence on U.S. economic competitiveness, and the future of manufacturing. She was also deputy director of the independent task force on the future of the U.S. workforce.
Taylor-Kale previously served as the deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing in international trade administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this position, she managed a team of fifty international trade specialists and oversaw a broad portfolio of programs and trade policies aimed at increasing global opportunities and the international competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Taylor-Kale served as the senior advisor for policy and operations at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 2014-2016 where she coordinated policy for OPIC’s $5 billion portfolio of investments in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She has also held positions at the World Bank as an advisor to the U.S. executive director and special assistant to the vice president for sustainable development. From 2003-2012, Taylor-Kale was a career Foreign Service officer in the U.S. Department of State where she was posted in Afghanistan, Cote d’Ivoire, India, and the Bureau of Economics and Business Affairs. She holds a BA in Economics and Anthropology from Smith College, an MPA with a concentration in demography and international economic development from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and an MBA in finance and management from the New York University Stern School of Business. She is also a visiting lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University. Taylor-Kale is a recipient of the Boren and Pickering Foreign Affairs undergraduate fellowships, a former CFR term member, and an International Career Advancement Program fellow.