Keren Taylor, Executive Director of WriteGirl, has been a community leader for two decades. In 2001, she founded WriteGirl with the idea of inspiring teens to write, guided by professional writers. Since 2001, WriteGirl has guided 100% of seniors in its Core Mentoring Program to not only graduate from high school but also enroll in college. In 2020, Keren and WriteGirl received the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award “spotlighting efforts to bring books, publishing and storytelling into the future...and recognizing WriteGirl’s contributions to the community in promoting literacy, creativity and self-expression to empower girls.” In November 2013, WriteGirl was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest national honor for such programs. In 2014, Keren was selected as a CNN Hero, recognizing her efforts to leverage the professional skills of women writers to help youth. Keren lives in El Sereno, and is an assemblage artist, jewelry designer and singer/songwriter.