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John Taylor, Jr., is a proud native of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. His interest in art and design led him to start a career in architecture, which eventually led to city planning. Taylor has an education background in architecture from Florida A&M University and City and Regional Planning from Clemson University at the graduate level. He gained planning experience in the state with both the Charleston County Zoning and Planning Department and the Anderson County Planning and Community Development Department. Taylor led the complete transition of planning and zoning functions independently from Charleston County to Kiawah Island in 2018. He now serves as Planning Director for the Town of Kiawah Island working to sustain the vibrant residential coastal community incorporating a world class resort.

Taylor brings an attitude of genuine service to the profession and has served his community most of his life. He directed AmeriCorps volunteers through 12,000 hours of service as tutors and mentors and continues to mentor youth near and far today. He is a member of the South Carolina American Planning Association (SCAPA) and has served as a member of the SCAPA – Community Planning Assistance Team. He serves as a planning representative for the 2040 Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments Charleston Area Transportation Study Team Long Range Transportation Plan. Amongst many community initiatives, Taylor currently serves as chairman of the Wadmalaw Island Land Planning Committee helping to maintain the unique character of Wadmalaw Island and serves on the Board of Directors for the Progressive Club of Johns Island. Most recently he was named a candidate of the Charleston Metro Chamber Leadership Charleston Class of 2021.