L. Vance Taylor has worked to advance the mission of homeland security on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. One of only a handful of people in the nation with a Master’s degree in Homeland Security, Mr. Taylor combines his specialized education with real-world experience and advanced professional training to leverage successful outcomes for his clients and their stakeholders.
Mr. Taylor’s large network of personal and professional ties with members and staff from the House of Representatives and the Senate enables the facilitation of a partnership-type framework between clients and lawmakers. Under this framework, partners work together to find and create balanced solutions to meet the nation’s security needs. Through Mr. Taylor’s efforts, well-intentioned legislators and proactive industries collaborate together to further national protection.
Prior to joining Catalyst Partners L.L.C., Mr. Taylor worked at the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) where he handled security-related policy issues affecting the drinking water and wastewater sector. Mr. Taylor applied his expertise in the area of critical infrastructure protection to advance the security posture of the nation’s largest water utilities by supporting the Water Sector Coordinating Council, serving as a Subject Matter Expert to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, working as a partner to EPA’s Water Security Division, and facilitating security policy for the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC).
While at AMWA, Mr. Taylor also participated on teams responsible for drafting the drinking water and wastewater Sector-Specific Plan, developing RAMCAP-compatible vulnerability assessments for water utilities, refining DHS’ Tier I & II Criteria for water assets, and advising key legislators and their staffs regarding key issues such as chemical security.
Before working in the water sector, Mr. Taylor worked as an aide for two members of the House of Representatives; Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-01) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-16). While on Capitol Hill, Mr. Taylor provided advice and recommendations to members on such issues as homeland security, immigration, and grants.
Mr. Taylor is an accomplished public speaker and enjoys strong volunteer relationships with the Boy Scouts of America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He has served as a ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ for MDA and is a featured speaker at MDA youth summer camps. Mr. Taylor co-hosts the National Capital Region’s MDA Labor Day Telethon and was honored by the chapter with the 2007 ‘Robert Ross, Personal Achievement Award” for outstanding leadership and achievement.