Taylor West is a communications consultant with New Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, and a veteran of strategic communications for state and federal campaigns in some of the nation’s most critical battleground states. She is also a nationally televised political commentator, making appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business Network, and CBSNews.com’s “Washington Unplugged” webcast. Taylor joined New Partners after serving as Communications Director for the campaign of Senator Mark Udall in Colorado, one of the most highly targeted Senate races of 2008.
Taylor has coordinated message development, media outreach, and research strategies for statewide campaigns in Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, and Georgia. In addition to her leadership role with the Udall campaign, she has served in key communications and research positions for the campaigns of Governor Chet Culver of Iowa in 2006 and Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia in 2005. She was the Communications Director for Senator Chris Dodd’s Iowa Caucus campaign in 2007 and has also worked on Senate races in Virginia and Georgia.
Taylor grew up in Altavista, Virginia, and graduated from Duke University with degrees in Public Policy and Classical Studies. Prior to her campaign experience, she worked in grant-writing and fund development for the Fortune Society, a New York City-based non-profit organization.