2018 President’s Spirit of Commitment Award Recipient


Marnie Taylor

In 2018, Marnie Taylor will begin her 8th year as president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (the Center). Prior to accepting the position, Taylor served several years as a board member, trainer and consultant for the Center.

Taylor has over 36 years of leadership and nonprofit experience. She currently serves on the boards of World Neighbors, Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, Potts Family Foundation, Oklahoma County Kids Coalition, ReMerge, and the National Council of Nonprofits.

She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV, a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XV, SALLT Class X, the founding director of Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX) and served for 10 years as a historic preservation commissioner for Oklahoma City. Taylor earned a marketing degree from the University of Notre Dame.

She is past board president of Oklahoma County Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Oklahoma Outreach Foundation, CASA of Oklahoma County, Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City and Volunteer Center of Central Oklahoma. She is a past board member of and held leadership positions for Oklahoma Arts Institute, American Red Cross, YLX, Junior League of Oklahoma City, and Sunbeam Family Services.  She is currently an adjunct professor at OSU/OKC where she teaches Nonprofit Management.

Her service to the community has been honored and recognized by several organizations, including the 2013 Journal Record Woman of the Year, Junior League of Oklahoma City as the “Sustainer of the Year,” the National Association for Community Leadership as a “Distinguished Leader ”, the Oklahoma Hospitality Club Women through “Woman in the News”, the Notre Dame Club of OKC as a “Person of the Year”, Red Cross as a Board Member of the Year, CASA as a Board Member of the Year, Oklahoma Outreach Foundation “Dare to Believe” award, Journal Record 2012 Woman of the Year Making A Difference and the OCU Societies 2013 Dulaney-Browne Library Society Award and the Forever Orange Award. Taylor is also an Honorary CASA.

Affiliations include World Neighbors, John L. Peters Society, Allied Arts Circle Club, Friends of OU Breast Institute, Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, ONEVOICE Mastermind Founding Member, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Chairman’s Circle, United Way Women’s Leadership Society Founding Member, Oklahoma Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West Society, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Economics Club of Oklahoma City, Academy for State Goals, and Downtown Rotary.