Goldie Taylor

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Goldie Taylor is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). A prior service active duty U.S. Marine Corps public affairs broadcaster, Taylor has been a working journalist and communications executive for 30 years. Joining MARTA from New York-based IAC Publishing, she started her career as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal- Constitution and as an assignment desk assistant with CBS Atlanta.

In the years since, Taylor has been a communications consultant to the presidents of both NBC News and CNN Worldwide and has been a senior leader with Edelman Public Relations and GCI Atlanta. She has cultivated an extensive background in consumer brand marketing, corporate and executive communications, digital engagement, public policy analysis and social innovation. Taylor has also been a political communications and field operations consultant to candidates for local, statewide and national office.

In addition to serving both emerging companies and global brands—including Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Toyota North America, The Home Depot, Sara Lee Foods, American Airlines, General Mills, Sun Microsystems, BellSouth, and Disney Worldwide—Taylor was the chief architect of Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful and the marketing force behind CNN’s In America series. A sought-after public speaker, she has addressed audiences at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Harvard University, Morehouse College, Emory School of Law, Princeton University, Duke School of Law, National Association of Black Journalists, University of Missouri School of Journalism, The King Center and the Cambridge Speaker Series.

Taylor has been a featured political analyst on NBC News, MSNBC, CNN and HLN, and was most recently Editor-At-Large for The Daily Beast. She has been a guest on programs such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, The Dr. Phil Show, The Steve Harvey Show and Good Morning America. She appeared in Light Skinned Girls, a documentary released by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now on PBS.

Taylor has been a frequent guest on local and national radio shows, including NPR’s All Things Considered and has been regularly published in print and digital publications. In recent years, she has written dozens of guest op-ed columns for Salon, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Grio, Huffington Post, CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Ebony and Essence among others.

A St. Louis native, Taylor is also the author of In My Father’s House (Wheatmark Press, 2005) and The January Girl (Warner Books, 2007/ Hachette Grand Central 2008). After a 10-year hiatus, her third novel, Paper Gods, will be released in late 2017. She is currently working on The Devil and Missouri Daniel, a family memoir set in Reconstruction-era Arkansas.

Taylor is an avid runner, the mother of three grown children and two grandchildren.