Chris Taylor: Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

Chris Taylor: Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

chris-taylor Chris Taylor is the Executive Director West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX).  The West Coast Infrastructure Exchange was created in 2012 by the states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Province of British Columbia to improve the quality of the project pipeline, increase the flow of private capital into public infrastructure and ensure future infrastructure projects are climate resilient.

His career spans the private, public and non-profit sectors.  Prior to joining WCX, Taylor spent over a decade in the renewable energy industry.  Most recently, he was Chief Development Officer and a co-founder of Element Power, a global wind and solar energy development company with its US headquarters in Portland.  Prior to Element Power, he led development in the Western US for EDPR and its predecessor, Horizon Wind Energy.

He has led the successful development of over 900 MW of wind and solar projects, which attracted over $1.5 billion worth of investment.  He has represented the wind energy industry nationally on numerous policy issues and testified as an expert witness before state legislatures, the U.S. House and Senate on renewable energy policy.

Chris started his career managing sanitation projects as Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. After that, he served as Legislative Director for an environmental NGO in Oregon.  Chris later served as Solid Waste Program Manager for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Chris has served on the boards of numerous professional and non-profit groups including the Association of Washington Business, Coalition for Schools, Oregon Conservation Network, Oregon Wave Energy Trust, Renewable Northwest Project, Wind Energy Foundation and Wind PAC.

He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College and has a MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.