Biography

As Resonate’s Executive Director Ayla leads strategy, builds partnerships, and oversees curriculum development and training. She was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate.

Ayla has a background in community organizing and spent three years working on leadership development with staff, volunteers, and community members. Through her work at Groundswell, a grassroots non-profit based in Washington, DC, she designed and ran various campaigns, working closely with partner organizations, faith and community leaders, and government agencies. Her projects ranged from supporting local leaders in neighborhood initiatives, to planning and launching a citywide residential energy efficiency program. She has also worked on community development projects in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Ecuador.

Prior to her work as a community organizer she was a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement, coaching, and facilitation. Ayla draws on her expertise as a coach and trainer, as well as her deep understanding of creating lasting, community-based change through engendering local leadership. She was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language.