Outsider. Proven Problem Solver. Community Leader.
Taylor Keeney is a proven problem solver and community leader. Taylor has dedicated her career to serving her community and rolling up her sleeves to find solutions to issues throughout Central Virginia. She will bring the same dedication, enthusiasm, and perseverance to Washington in order to give the 7th District the representation they deserve.
When she learned families in Central Virginia were struggling because of a breakdown in the support system for some of the most vulnerable in our community – young children – Taylor stepped up to help. In 2019, she launched Little Hands Virginia, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring young children have the essentials to thrive. Taylor rallied community leaders, local agencies and other non-profit organizations to work side-by-side to effectively and efficiently address a dire issue.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, need in our community skyrocketed and in 2020 Little Hands Virginia provided direct assistance to more than 600 children and over 50,000 diapers to families in the community through the VCU emergency room, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, and Richmond Public Schools. Today, Little Hands works with over 50 partners to identify children in need of support throughout Central Virginia and will serve over 1,000 children in 2021 alone.
Active in the community for over a decade, Taylor volunteered as a mentor for Higher Achievement – Richmond, a nonprofit working to improve academic achievement during the pivotal middle school years, and served on the organization’s advisory board. She also volunteers with ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, a local organization supporting children with pediatric cancer and their families, and serves as the Fifth District Representative on the Goochland County Recreation Advisory Commission where she is working to expand recreation and outdoor opportunities for Goochland residents. When Covid-19 vaccination clinics opened in the winter of 2021 and the call went out needing volunteers, Taylor signed up for the Virginia medical reserve corps and volunteered at clinics through the Chickahominy Health District.
A policy and communications expert, Taylor served as press secretary for former-Governor Bob McDonnell and led regional communications for Teach For America – a national nonprofit working to ensure every child, regardless of zip code, has good teachers. She currently is a public affairs consultant.
Taylor is devoted to family, faith and her community. Taylor’s husband Carter was born and raised in Henrico. Taylor and Carter are raising their two children, Taliaferro and Frances, in Eastern Goochland. The Keeney family worships at First Presbyterian Church where Taylor is active in Presbyterian Women.