Laila is the Director of Research and Data at NC Child. She leads the development of research and data-based products and directs the North Carolina KIDS COUNT project. Laila founded and manages NC Child’s Research and Policy Fellowship, a competitive program that seeks to cultivate the next generation of results-based and equity-focused child advocates in North Carolina from low income communities and communities of color.
Prior to joining NC Child, Laila worked from 2010 to 2013 as the Director of Research and Data at Action for Children North Carolina. Previously, Laila served as an analyst for the Texas KIDS COUNT project at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Laila also worked at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) where she researched public policy, evidence-based practices, and the impact of family violence on children . During her tenure at TCFV Laila created the Texas Family Violence Service Directory, an interactive tool that connects service providers to information about curricula and best practices.
A native of South Carolina, Laila holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree with double majors in Political Science and Psychology from Winthrop University.
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