Laila joined NC Child in January 2014. As Director of Research and Data, Laila oversees the agency’s research in child health, family economic security, and early literacy. Laila also leads the production of data-based products to provide insight into the well-being of North Carolina children, and directs NC Child’s Research and Policy Fellowship program.
Prior to joining NC Child, Laila worked from 2010 to 2013 as the Director of Research and Data at Action for Children North Carolina. Preceding her work at Action for Children, Laila served as an analyst exploring child well-being for the Texas KIDS COUNT project at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Laila also worked as a researcher at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) where she examined public policy, evidence-based practices, and the impact of family violence on children and families. During her tenure at TCFV, Laila developed 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 in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree with double majors in Political Science and Psychology from Winthrop University.