Hampton Consulting is thrilled to introduce our two newest Specialist Consultants: Alaina Dague and Kayla Roney Smith! They recently joined the team to support our work with the Boys and Young Men of Color Opportunity Summit, working with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to seeing the impact of their work at the summit and beyond!
Learn more about Alaina and Kayla below:
Kayla has spent four years as Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network, an organization dedicated to community development through increased educational attainment. Previously, Kayla served as a College Advising Corps member and a program coordinator for the Lansing-based Todd Martin Youth Leadership. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and will graduate in December with a Master of Social Work degree in Social Policy and Evaluation from the University of Michigan, where she was named a Community-Based Initiative Scholar. For her college access work, Kayla was recently honored by Crain's Detroit Business as one of metro Detroit’s “20 in their 20s”. Outside of work, Kayla holds leadership positions in Detroit Young Professionals, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Detroit Chapter, the Junior League of Detroit, the Michigan Council of Junior Leagues State Public Affairs Committee, and the New Paradigm College Prep Board of Education.
Alaina is currently completing a national public policy fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity at the Michigan Department of Education. Prior to this, she taught middle school English in Detroit; she was recognized for her contributions to student growth with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies' Quantum Leap Award. Alaina previously served as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Alma College Service Learning team, where her efforts were acknowledged by the Michigan Campus Compact's Outstanding Community Impact and Heart and Soul awards. She holds a Master of Arts in educational studies from the University of Michigan as well as Bachelor of Arts in political science from Alma College. In addition, she serves in a leadership role in the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network - Detroit Chapter.
Welcome to the team, Kayla and Alaina!