|Jonathan W. Taylor|
Texas Emerging Technology Fund
Taylor has dedicated his career to public service as a decorated Army reservist
seed and early stage venture capital investment fund with over $400 million in expenditures. He led the development
of the strategic plan and manages the State’s investment in 133 portfolio companies and 22 large scale research projects.
He reports results to the Texas Legislature and advises the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House on
investment decisions of taxpayer funds. Since taking leadership of the fund in 2010, Taylor has led change through
increased transparency, decision making process improvements and expanded reporting.
Taylor’s prior public service includes managing the $100 million Research Grant Matching and Research Superiority Grant
programs, developing and leading the Texas Small Business Summits, and creating the Texas Small Business Advisory
Taylor served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve, as Staff Sergeant Combat Medic and Combat Advisor.
In Afghanistan, he served at a remote US Combat outpost and trained Afghan National Army and National Police staff,
leading them to deploy and equip an emergency medical treatment facility for a population of over 50,000 Afghans.
Previously, Taylor managed 200 medical personnel, $4 million of equipment, and patient through-put of a fully functional
80 bed Level 3 Army Field Hospital. He served in the Dominican Republic, providing emergency medical treatment of
approximately 700 US, Central American and Caribbean military and police forces, and he has trained and supervised
the medical personnel in a variety of remote and hostile environments.
He has earned the Combat Medic Badge, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with
service star, a Global War on Terror Service Medal, NATO medal for ISAF, and several other commendations.
Taylor holds a BA in Political Science, Economics emphasis with a minor in criminal justice from Texas Christian University
and extensive military training including US Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, Warrior Leader Course,
U.S. Army Combat Advisor among others. Taylor’s medical training has included NREMT-B, Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Provider and Instructor, Pediatric ACLS Provider and Instructor, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Provider and Instructor,
Combat Medic Advanced Skills Provider and Instructor, Field Management of a Chemical and Biological Casualty Course,
MITT Medical Course, and many others.