Ambassador Lawrence Taylor is a retired Foreign Service Officer and a former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, a post he held from 1995 to 1997. He has extensive experience in foreign affairs leadership, training, management, and policy development as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State—both overseas and in the U.S
Prior to serving as Ambassador, Ambassador Taylor was Director of the Foreign Service Institute/National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington Virginia. He joined the Foreign Service in 1969. His overseas postings as a political and economic officer include Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Zagreb and Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Ottawa, Canada; and London, United Kingdom.
After retiring to Gettysburg Pa., Ambassador Taylor served as senior advisor to two Presidents of Gettysburg College, and he is a founding partner of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience, a unique leadership development program for senior executives in the private and public sectors. In 2007 he was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell as a member of the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Ambassador Taylor has served on the boards of the Eisenhower Institute, The Baltic-American Partnership Fund, The National Trust for Historic Gettysburg, and was President of The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.
Ambassador Taylor graduated from Ohio University and has done graduate work at Kent State University, American University and Harvard University. He is a 1985 graduate of the National War College, at Fort Lesley J McNair which published his paper on U.S. Foreign Policy and International Terrorism.
During his career in the Foreign Service Ambassador Taylor received the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award for his leadership at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.