Laila is the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Communications Manager in the Office of Equity & Inclusion. For the last five years she worked within the nonprofit sector, particularly in higher education and advocacy where she helped build education to workforce pipelines for students facing social and economic barriers. Before joining the Penn Law community she served as the Policy Associate for Illinois Partners for Human Service where she conducted research on key policy issues and urged state elected officials to prioritize education, early intervention, mental health services, and workforce development. She is a first generation college graduate and holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Public Policy.