United States of America
Taylor Bunch has a long history of engagement in public service, beginning with her role as an instructional aide to students with autism spectrum disorder at just 18 years old. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with honors and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies, Taylor provided case management services and operated programs for at-risk youth in Plumas County. After completing her master’s in social work at Chico State University, Taylor returned to Plumas County where she developed a vocational and social/emotional training program for impoverished teens with mental illnesses. Many of the teens Taylor worked with experienced housing insecurity/homelessness. Refining the structure of the program to meet their unique needs helped many participants go on to college and/or secure employment in trade industries and challenged and changed traditional approaches to mental health services in the community.
Taylor has also served as a Camp Fire Recovery Counselor with the Butte County Office of Education and as an instructor of Social Work and Human Services at Feather River College, where she helped to create innovative degree and job-skills programs for students.
As a formerly homeless youth herself, Taylor brings a unique perspective and set of skills in her role as Executive Director of True North Housing Alliance. Moving into her third year, she has improved operations, service delivery, and outcomes for TNHA. Taylor and her team are dedicated to developing services and programs that address the root causes of homelessness to move individuals forward and out of homelessness permanently.