Ambassador Michèle Taylor was sworn in as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 21, 2022. Ambassador Taylor is a lifelong human rights activist and advocate with a determined commitment to service. As a daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, the Ambassador brings to the Human Rights Council a profound appreciation for the crucial role the Council can and must play to promote universal human rights and protect human rights defenders.
Prior to assuming this appointment, she served as a Board Member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council. In her duties on that Council, Ambassador Taylor served on the Committee on Holocaust Denial and State-Sponsored Anti-Semitism, as well as the Committee on Conscience. She was also a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast regional board and Vice-Chair of the National Finance Committee for the Democratic Party.
For nearly two decades the Ambassador served in various roles for the North Carolina Outward Bound School, including as a Board Member, Instructor, and Course Director.
Ambassador Taylor and her husband Kenneth are the proud parents of two. She was educated at Mills College (B.A) and Boston University (M.A.) and in her free time the Ambassador can be found training for a marathon, scaling mountains, skiing the slopes, or as stoker on the tandem bike she and her husband travel with throughout the U.S. and overseas.