Sharon Adams-Taylor, M.A., M.P.H.
Sharon Adams-Taylor is associate executive director of the School Superintendents Association (AASA). As such, she is responsible for all children’s initiatives around health, education and youth development, including childhood obesity, competitive foods and school breakfast initiatives in several public school districts. Ms. Adams-Taylor joined AASA as director of the association's Options for Pre-Teens program, a school-based primary prevention and youth development program in three urban school districts. Before coming to AASA, Adams-Taylor was a senior program associate with the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), where she coordinated CDF's adolescent pregnancy prevention clearinghouse. She also provided state and local technical assistance around adolescent issues and developed and managed a national coalition of youth and education organizations focused on positive outcomes for young people. Ms. Adams-Taylor's extensive background in training and research includes leadership positions with the University of North Carolina's Child Health Outcomes Project and Head Start’s Resource Access Project, where she coordinated training and technical assistance for 178 Head Start grantees in six states, and fellowships at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Ms. Adams-Taylor has published several journal articles, books and book chapters related to children's health and well-being, including most recently “Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of Childhood Obesity in African-American and Latino Communities,” and edited “Improving Attendance, Health and Behavior: Moving Breakfast Out of the Cafeteria,” and “Insure Out Children, Ensure Our Future,” all published by AASA and disseminated to 35,000 school system leaders. Ms. Adams-Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science from Howard University, a Master of Arts from the Catholic University of America, and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.