The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
666 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York New York 10012
800-221-4602
info@ndss.org 

Captain Robert P. Taishoff, JAGC, USN (ret), Board Chair

Captain Robert P. Taishoff, JAGC, USN (ret) is the CEO of Annapolis Yacht Sales and Service.  Before this he served on active duty as the Director of the Appellate Defense Division for Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, managing Navy and Marine Corps attorneys and civilians who represent service members with cases on appeal at the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court. Among his assignments during a career spanning 22 years, he has served in The Office of the Special Assistant for Transformation; as Executive Officer Trial Service Office NE; as Deputy Director and Director of the Office of the JAG Appellate Government Division; and as Navy Counsel for the State Department representing the United States on Iranian Claims Litigation.

Following his deployment in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Enduring Freedom Captain Taishoff was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of General Counsel. His military awards include The Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Captain Taishoff graduated from Syracuse University in 1986 and received a law degree from Widener Law School in May 1989.  He completed an LL.M with highest honors at George Washington University School of Law in 2002. He has established a number of philanthropic programs through his family foundation, for which he is Chairman and Director.

Captain Taishoff established the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at the Syracuse University School of Education.  He serves on the Syracuse University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the National Down Syndrome Society.  He and his wife Laurie have three children including their daughter Jackie, 12, who has Down syndrome. 

NDSS Board Chairman Captain Robert P. Taishoff, JAGC, USN (ret) Vision for the Future of NDSS


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