Kayla Gardner graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in Administration of Justice from Howard University. She was also a Laureate Scholar. Kayla went on to receive her master’s degree from George Washington University and her law degree from Howard University School of Law.
Kayla has a professional background in public safety and corporate security; and formerly served as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Kayla specializes in telecommunications law and policy. She is interested in issues that concern public safety communications as well as broadband access and digital literacy. Kayla currently serves as Co-Chair of the Homeland Security & Emergency Communications Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She is also a member of the DC Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association and the NG-911 Institute.
While in law school, Kayla clerked at the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Commerce – National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and in the U.S. Senate. She also served as a Google Policy Fellow at Public Knowledge, and is currently an active Google Next Gen Policy Leader. This is a cohort of professionals who work at the intersection of tech policy and social justice.
Kayla enjoys volunteering and serving the local community. She’s done service projects with Martha’s Table, DC Central Kitchen, DC Books to Prisons, and Mmomfra Academy in Ghana. She believes strongly in giving back and serving others, because her own success can be attributed to the help and support of mentors and community members that provided opportunities for her. Kayla plans to forge a career in the spirit of her alma mater Howard University – in truth and service.