Director Portfolio Support Strategies
As Director, Portfolio Support Strategies, Ayla leads the design and development of the Foundation’s capacity building practice and supports portfolio organizations in developing their strategies for scale and impact measurement. Prior to DRK, Ayla was the Co-founder and CEO of Resonate, an organization that provides leadership and professional development training to women and youth in East Africa. She designed Resonate’s curriculum and training methodology, led fundraising and business development efforts, and built a team that is laser-focused on impact.
Before starting Resonate, Ayla was a Community Organizer and Program Manager at Groundswell in Washington, DC, where she launched a city-wide energy efficiency and financing program for low-income residents. She has also worked as a strategic communications consultant specializing in stakeholder engagement and facilitation.
Ayla is on the Board of Directors at Resonate and is an International Grant Advisor for The Pollination Project. She holds an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Smith College.