Commander Taylor Lam, a native of Riverside, California, enlisted in the United States Coast Guard via the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) program and graduated from Basic Training at Cape May, New Jersey in 1996. He is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut. His first assigned duty station was U. S. Coast Guard Cutter MUNRO (WHEC-724) in Alameda, California where he served as a Deck Watch, Division, and Boarding Officer conducting Counter-Drug and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. His second tour was at Tactical Law Enforcement Team North in Portsmouth, Virginia as a Law Enforcement Detachment Officer-in-Charge, deploying aboard U.S. and Foreign Naval ships conducting Maritime Law Enforcement operations in the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was assigned to Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Seattle, Washington as a Boat and Law Enforcement Detachment Officer-in-Charge conducting domestic maritime anti-terrorism operations. After that tour, he was transferred to the Atlantic Area Commanderís staff where he managed scheduled operations, training, and budgetary oversight for six MSST units. He served his fifth tour at Sector Miami as Chief of the Command Center and later as Chief of Enforcement, managing responses to all Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Homeland Security missions in the region. His most recent assignment was on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in Washington, D.C. as a Coast Guard Fellow, focusing on homeland security appropriations and legislative issues. He is a 1998 graduate from the University of California, Riverside, earning a degree in psychology and is a 2005 graduate from Boston University, receiving a Masterís degree in criminal justice. In 2012, he was awarded a Masterís degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
His personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, and other awards.