John Taylor joins Greenleaf following a distinguished career of more than 20 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. During John’s time at the agency, he led several of its priority initiatives.
At Greenleaf, John continues his commitment to healthcare innovation as the firm’s President and Principal of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, providing strategic consultation to FDA-regulated clients on enforcement and compliance matters.
From 2009 – 2014, John held three high-profile positions at FDA: Counselor to the Commissioner; Acting Deputy Principal Commissioner; and Acting Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy.
As Counselor to the Commissioner, John served as the principal advisor to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on issues that impacted the agency’s programs, policymaking, management, budget and administration. In his role as Acting Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, John provided leadership and direction to more than 4,000 employees in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and Office of International Programs (OIP).
John began as an attorney within FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) in 1991. During this time, John was responsible for all phases of criminal and civil litigation related to violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and other federal laws. In 1997, John was promoted to Senior Advisor for Regulatory Operations and Policy within FDA’s Office of the Commissioner; he was later named Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER) Office of Compliance. In 2000, John accepted his position as Director of ORA’s Office of Enforcement. Two years later, John was promoted to Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs (ACRA).
In 2005, John left FDA to spend four years working in industry, first as Divisional Vice President for Federal Government Affairs at Abbot, then, in 2007, as Executive Vice President for Health at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
John has received multiple honors, including the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service (1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2011) and the FDA Award of Merit (2000, 2003 and 2005). John received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in History.