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Taylor C. Shepherd

Manager of Government Relations

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Prior to joining ML Strategies, Taylor worked as a Budget Analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.  At the Department, she worked closely with the Chief Financial Officer and Budget Director to develop reporting mechanisms to project payroll, monitor operational spending and facilitate Western, Central and Northeastern Massachusetts regional areas in their spending and personnel ventures. 

Previously, Taylor worked as a Legislative Aide and then as a Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee at the Massachusetts State House.  Under the former House Chair, Taylor worked to draft policy and budgetary recommendations relating to the mental health, developmental disabilities and judiciary accounts within the FY2017 and FY2018 annual state budgets.

Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.  At Salve, Taylor double majored in Political Science and Religious and Theological Studies while playing four years of Division III women’s ice hockey. 


  • Salve Regina University (BA, cum laude)


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