Kayla Tawa

Research Assistant, Youth Policy
Policy expertise: 
Youth and Young Adults
Opportunity Youth
Youth Employment
Racial Equity
Health and Mental Health
Criminal Justice
Children, Youth & Families
Young Adult Behavioral Health

Kayla Tawa is the youth policy research assistant and provides support to the youth, mental health, and justice teams. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College earning a degree in English and Anthropology. While at Mount Holyoke, she explored the intersections of migration, labor, race, and trauma, writing her senior thesis on the role of trauma literature in reconstructing national memory. Prior to joining CLASP, she worked at NYU Shanghai as a Global Writing and Speaking Fellow, conducting research on the human rights implications of decriminalized sex work.