Candance Patel-Taylor

Vice President for Communications

As the Vice President of Communications, Candance leads a team of passionate storytellers responsible for communicating Concern’s mission of ending extreme poverty — whatever it takes.

With 16+ years of marketing and fundraising experience, Candance started her career at Concern as Regional Development Manager for the Midwest Office. In that role, she was responsible for individual giving and event activities including major donor stewardship, regional public awareness, corporate relationship management, and new donor engagement. One year and a global pandemic later, Candance spearheaded the transformation of Concern’s special events into exciting virtual engagement opportunities such as Women of Concern presents WORK OF ART and the Concern Global Gala: Unite to Fight Hunger.

Candance brings a celebration of culture, traditions, and diversity to everything she creates. For her, there is no greater joy than supporting our programming team and participants in telling their stories to garner support, policy change and awareness for those experiencing extreme poverty.

Candance holds a BA in Marketing Communications: Public Relations and Black World Studies from Columbia College Chicago. She hails from Wisconsin, is a former resident of both Accra, Ghana and London, UK, but now calls Chicago home with her husband and two littles. When she’s not working, you’ll find her oversharing tales of #BlackJoy on Instagram.