D’Angelo Taylor draws from his education and professional experience to fulfill his commitment to public service.
With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Western Illinois University, he understands how government functions. He has worked with community, religious and educational organizations in Evansville, Chicago, St. Louis, East St. Louis and Rock Island, to help improve the lives of others.
Taylor, 29, currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center at the University of Southern Indiana. In that role, he works to build partnerships and relationships with multiple entities at USI and within the Evansville community.
He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the John M. Caldwell Community Development Corporation, specifically focusing on youth education and development. He is a member of the board of Brothers Out Saving Souls, Inc. (BOSS), a local non-profit offering programs to help youth deal with issues such as violence and challenges both at home and within the public education system.
The local president of the Kappa Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he led the effort to bring the 2018 Indiana District Conference to Evansville. Taylor also serves as the Indiana Executive Director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was recognized as the organization’s alumni brother of the year for the Midwest Region in 2016.
An active member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, he has been an active member of the music ministry and the vacation bible school programs. He has served on multiple ad-hoc committees, and he participates in the summer reading and mentoring programs.
Following his studies at WIU, he held the position of admissions counselor at the university from 2013 to 2016. Though he had professional opportunities in other cities, Taylor chose Evansville and USI in 2016 because of the rich diversity and strength of the community. He saw the opportunity to use his skills to serve this city and its residents.
Taylor has worked with first-generation and low-income students. His role was to aid families in their pursuit of higher education. A strong believer in mentorship, he continues to mentor college and high school students. His work with students in both Illinois and Missouri earned him the Missouri Association of College Admissions Counseling “Rising Star Award” in 2015.
Acting on his political instincts and with a desire to put his knowledge of government to good use, Taylor launched a campaign for mayor of Macomb, Illinois, in 2009, at the age of 20 while he was a university student. An aggressive campaigner with a solid platform of proposed initiatives for the city, Taylor came up short against a long-time alderman in the city of 20,000 residents. It was a valuable experience, and he was gratified to see some of his proposals subsequently enacted in the city.
He later compiled his life story, along with his observations on politics, into a book entitled “A Political Life: Black Culture, Civic Engagement, Education and Hope.” It was published in 2016.
One of five children, Taylor credits his grandmother as being his constant supporter throughout his life.
Taylor believes that government should truly work for the people because those who make up government are elected by the people.