In her role as a program associate, Kayla ensures that the grants team functions efficiently and effectively as the Foundation supports community-based, equity-focused organizations throughout Washington State. She provides administrative support, relationship management, research, and team-wide coordination. Kayla was most recently a program associate for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and, before that, the youth program director for the Center for Community Impact at YMCA Pierce and Kitsap Counties.
Kayla is deeply connected to her community in Tacoma. During non-work hours, she spends time volunteering, helping community members problem solve, or taking road trips around Washington State. Kayla earned a BA in psychology from Central Washington University, and is the founder of a mentoring program for girls ages 11 to 17 called Purple Roses.