Miami, Fla. – Kristen Taylor, a specialist in social media, has joined the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in a new position: online community manager.
She steps into the foundation’s efforts to build online communities and direct the development of Knight Forum, a new social networking site focusing on transformation. She will report to Marc Fest, vice president of communications.
“Kristen brings to Knight Foundation great energy and good connections – two characteristics that will help the foundation succeed in the digital age in collaborating and networking with a world of big ideas,” said Fest.
Taylor was formerly the associate director of content and social media at PBS Interactive, where she helped launch PBS Engage, a new social media area on PBS.org, and expanded 20 other PBS properties, including the rebranded Masterpiece Web site.
In addition to working for Knight Foundation, Taylor is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation research explores niche online networks of local food, currency and shelter.
Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and a master’s degree in American Studies in English from the University of Virginia. She is an active food blogger and moved to Miami from Alexandria, Va.
About Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of the U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation supports ideas and projects that create transformational change.