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Margaret  Taylor

Margaret Taylor

Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chief Democratic Counsel
Washington, DC, USA


Margaret L. Taylor is the Chief Democratic Counsel for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  She advises Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Member on the Committee and other Members on all legal and procedural aspects of the Committee’s work.  She also manages, for the Democratic side of the Committee, the consideration of Treaties and the President’s Ambassadorial and other foreign policy-related nominations.  Previously, as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, she was responsible for advising State Department officials on the domestic and international legal aspects of 14 different economic sanctions programs, including sanctions on Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Burma, and North Korea, as well as targeted sanctions such as those related to designated terrorists.  In 2009-2010, Ms. Taylor was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow with the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where she published a number of papers including Capacity for Change: Reforming U.S. Assistance Efforts in Poor and Fragile Countries (CSIS April 2010) and Civilian-Military Cooperation in Achieving Aid Effectiveness (Brookings September 2010).  In previous positions at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Taylor advised on foreign assistance appropriations and implementation issues, including the department’s anticrime, counternarcotics, and peacekeeping programs worldwide, as well as assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.  She has also advised on domestic and international legal issues relating to trafficking in persons, extradition, and other international law enforcement matters.  She has served in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  She received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review.  After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Amalya Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Ms. Taylor was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations from July 2011-July 2016.
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