Generation Next: Trustee Alex Taylor Charts the Future of Cox Enterprises

Alex Taylor speaks about his work on the board of directors of Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance, which connects members of Atlanta’s local food movement to build healthier communities. Grants from the James M. Cox Foundation helped create the organization, and have helped it grow. (JENNI GIRTMAN)

Alex Taylor speaks about his work on the board of directors of Atlanta nonprofit Food Well Alliance, which connects members of Atlanta’s local food movement to build healthier communities. Grants from the James M. Cox Foundation helped create the organization, and have helped it grow. (JENNI GIRTMAN)

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Recognizing his own good fortune, Alex Taylor also understands the importance of giving back. He donated all the profits from his fly-fishing book to the International Game Fishing Association. “I wanted the book to have purpose, a little bit of social cause,” he says. “I was trying to point out the conservation challenges in all these fisheries.” He served on the board of directors for American Rivers for eight years before being named its chairman in 2014.

He also is currently a member of the board of directors for both the PATH Foundation and the Food Well Alliance, two Atlanta charities dedicated to improving public spaces. “The vision of PATH is to be able to bike or walk anywhere in Atlanta,” he explains, “and the Food Well Alliance is a nonprofit committed to converting brown and unclaimed urban spaces into gardens.”

In recent years Taylor also has increased his involvement with Vanderbilt. In addition to his appointment on the Board of Trust, he has hosted Summer Send-Off Parties for first-year students in Atlanta and helped increase giving among graduating seniors with challenge grants.

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