Teddy B. Taylor arrived in South Africa on September 25, 2014 as the new U.S. Consul General in Cape Town. Mr. Taylor is a native of Washington, D.C. and a career member of the Senior Foreign Service holding the rank of Minister Counselor. In a diplomatic career spanning three decades, Mr. Taylor has served tours in Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and now Africa. He most recently completed a two year assignment as a Diplomat in Residence at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
In 2009, Mr. Taylor was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu, serving from 2009-2012. Prior to his Ambassadorial posting, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Resources in the Department State. He has also served tours at the Foreign Service Institute, the Bureaus of Consular and Latin American Affairs in the Department of State, and a detail assignment to the former United States Information Agency.
Specializing in consular affairs, Ambassador Taylor is the recipient of numerous professional awards including the Department of State’s prestigious Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence. He was a member of the forty-sixth Senior Seminar; the Department of State’s premiere leadership training program and his foreign languages are Spanish, Turkish, and Hungarian. Ambassador Taylor is a graduate of Florida A&M University and a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
He is married to Antoinette Corbin-Taylor, a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, and they have one adult daughter.