Francis Taylor

Executive Fellow, Global Policy Initiative

1010 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Francis Taylor

Francis Taylor is an executive fellow of the Keough School Global Policy Initiative. He serves as a lead instructor for the Global Policy Seminar, a course that brings policymakers and leaders to the Keough School to engage students in topics and geographies essential to the world of global policy.

From 2014 to 2016, Taylor served as under secretary for intelligence and analysis in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he also served as DHS counterterrorism coordinator. Additionally, he was U.S. Department of State ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism from July 2001 to November 2002.

Taylor is a former vice president and chief security officer for General Electric Co. in Fairfield, Connecticut. Before joining GE, he had a distinguished, 35-year career in government service, holding several senior positions managing investigations, security and counterterrorism issues.

During 31 years of military service, Taylor served with distinction in numerous command and staff positions, rising to the rank of brigadier general in September 1996. In his final active duty assignment, he served as commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Taylor is a Notre Dame graduate with bachelor’s (’70) and master’s (’74) degrees in government and international studies. He is a distinguished graduate of the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC program.








Recent Work

News: Former Homeland Security official Francis Taylor joins Keough School of Global Affairs