Penny Taylor was elected to the Collier Board of County Commissioners in November 2014. She currently serves as the Chair of the Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPO); as Chair of the Tourism Development Council (TDC); and as Chair of the Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
FORMER VICE MAYOR
Penny Taylor is a 10-year veteran of Naples City Council; the city’s former Vice-Mayor and has run a successful small business for over 30 years in the City of Naples. She has been a resident of Naples for 35 years.
She is mom to an adult daughter and a grandmother of two, and she served as foster “mom” to more than 50 “at risk” children over nine years.
Her experience includes service on City Council during the dark days of post 9/11 when national and local security concerns were utmost priorities.
FINANCIAL TASK FORCE
When "The Great Recession” hit, Penny's proposal to appoint a seven-member financial task force was welcomed by her colleagues on City Council. The blue-ribbon committee was a public/private partnership - of City officials and financially astute residents - that ensured the continued financial stability of Naples.
The result? While many other cities continue to be in serious financial trouble, Naples is one of the most financially sound municipalities in the nation.
Penny, a New York City photojournalist, came to Naples in 1978 and opened a professional studio five years later. It has been located in the City of Naples for 32 years.
Her work has appeared in some of the nation’s largest newspapers and magazines, and in numerous exhibits in Southwest Florida, as well as in various local and regional magazines. Her work is on permanent exhibit at the Norris Center.
Penny photographed numerous local homes for “Dream Houses: Historic Beach Homes and Cottages of Naples,” written by interior designer Joie Wilson, ASID. The book is in its second printing by University Press of Florida.
A DIRECTOR ON FLORIDA HUMANITIES COUNCIL
As a result of her photographic work - as well as her experience on City Council which established the first public arts program in Naples - Penny was named to the board of directors of Florida Humanities Council, the Florida affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Penny is a graduate of the University of South Florida, performed post-graduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Photography in Rochester, New York, and is a member of the Association of Magazine Photographers.
EXCELLENCE AND EXPERIENCE
Elected to the Collier County Commission in 2014, Penny brings her experience and track record to the County.
She also serves as Chair of the Tourist Development Council, Chair of the Metropolitan Planning Board and represents the County on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.
“I love Collier County and the people who live here. I am excited and optimistic about our future and I am honored to serve you.”
Penny is a member of the Men’s Republican Club of Collier County and of the League of Women Voters.
Collier County Commissioner, District 4
Sherry Greco, Executive Coordinator