Jamie Taylor worked nearly two decades in the State Capitol where he had a front-row seat on the inner workings of the State Legislature and what it takes to make politics and government work.
This week Taylor takes all that experience and knowledge to a dream job at the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State: the new Director of the Senate Fellows Program of the renowned Capital Fellows Program.
Taylor will be the 12th Senate Fellows Director in the history of the program and he assumes his new role after serving as the principal file clerk in the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, where he developed a reputation for working well with both sides of the aisle. In describing his experience in the State Capitol, Taylor talks about transparency, the importance of understanding process and procedures, and about having a strong sense of ethics and the need to develop working relationships.
“This is a great opportunity to take my knowledge and experience and work with people who want to make a difference in politics and public service,” Taylor says. “If we come from a place of belongingness, we can develop a politics built on trust that will work for everyone.”
That’s the philosophy the native Northern Californian will impart as he steps into the role of mentoring this fall’s incoming 18 Senate fellows, the 46th class of the Senate Fellowship Program.
“I think it’s important to have a sense of who we are as a nation – that we all have similar inclinations to live in a peaceful world, have good education for our kids and live in healthy communities,” Taylor says, explaining his approach to establishing working relationships across the board.
He said he especially looks forward to mentoring high-achieving fellows in regard to their soft skills, which he says are crucial in developing strong working relationships in a political environment.
“I always saw the opportunity to work with new employees to help them develop their soft skills, which are needed at the highest levels – teamwork, adaptability, ethical judgment, being a problem-solver and being accessible,” he says. “And you need to be resourceful in reaching out and developing relationships, even across party lines.”
A graduate of Skyline High School in Oakland, Taylor went on to attend Mesa Community College before going on to San Diego State, where he earned a degree in Africana Studies. In 2017, Taylor earned a master’s of science in law from the McGeorge School of Law.
“I spent my formative years in Oakland and that had a real impact on my life,” Taylor says, adding that he learned values of accountability and diversity. “I look forward to helping and supporting Senate fellows and getting them acclimated and successful in the Capitol community.”