Kayla J. Smith

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As Event & Impact Specialist, Kayla J. ensures our community engagement events (think Exposure, TEDxMemphis, and Memphis 101 among many others!) run smoothly. 

She was born and raised in Memphis. The city’s food and culture are some of her favorite things about Memphis. Kayla is a 2021Harvard Divinity M.Div graduate. Her published thesis is titled: “Something is Happening in Memphis": Black Spirituality and Culture of Resilience in Memphis, Tennessee. With her love for the 901, she is thrilled to begin her post graduate work being the events and impact specialist at New Memphis. Kayla is also the Orange Mound Neighborhood Connector for the Center for Transforming Communities. She looks forward to the growing partnerships from working with so many great people and organizations in Memphis.