Kayla Mallett is a child well-being advocate who believes in building resilient communities as a means of fostering resiliency in children. She is the Coordinator for the South Carolina Citizen Review Panel, a federally mandated organization tasked with oversight of the Department of Social Service’s child protection services policies.
Kayla’s career includes political organizing for electoral and issue-based campaigns in South Carolina and Georgia as well as program management for Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Columbia, an honorary member of Columbia College’s Phi Alpha Honor Society chapter, and a member of the 2018 class of the SC Black Page’s “Top 20 Under 40.”
A proud fighting Koala, Kayla received a BA from Columbia College in 2008 and an MA in Organizational Change and Leadership in 2012. Kayla finds joy in giving back to her community as a member of The Language Buzz’s Community Advisory Board, and a volunteer for EveryBlackGirl, Inc and The Hive Community Circle. Her project, Black Women 2020 centers the voice of Black women by exploring what they need to feel safe, seen, and supported.
Kayla co-chairs the City of Columbia Complete Count Committee, a multi-disciplinary group charged with creating awareness and generating participation in the 2020 Census