Program Associate, Sustainable Environments
Kayla Hunter (she/her) is a Program Associate with the Sustainable Environments team. She supports internal team and project management, organizes the program’s grantmaking budget, conducts research, and corresponds with grantee partners through external communications, town halls, and events.
A New Jersey native, Kayla is passionate about environmental justice and creating healthy environments for communities of color and low-wealth communities.
Throughout her career, Kayla has supported environmental justice advocacy efforts on the ground including work with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment Georgia, and the CDC of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Most recently, Kayla served as the Program Coordinator for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, advocating for the inclusion of cultural foods that meet the diet needs and desires of immigrant families served through the child nutrition meal program. Prior, she was the Program Coordinator for Placemaking and Workforce Development at Brownsville Community Justice Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where she educated and engaged young people on urban planning interventions against crime/violence in their neighborhood as well as managed grants for three youth workforce development programs.
Kayla holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Spelman College and a master’s in urban planning and public health from the University of Michigan. She is an alum of the Environmental Fellows Program at the University of Michigan, where she developed an interest in environmental philanthropy and its impact on people of color-led environmental justice efforts in New Jersey and beyond.
Outside of work, Kayla enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and experiencing aesthetic coffee shops.
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