Kayla Auletto is the Program Coordinator for GU Politics. She manages all aspects of Career Programming, including: Career Chats, the HIPPSter* (Hoyas in Politics and Public Service) series, Career Workshops, employer site visits, and manages online career resources and networks for the GU Politics community. She also oversees the GU Politics Mentorship Program, which pairs students and practitioners for one semester with the goal of connecting students with leaders in politics and public service.
Kayla was herself a member of the inaugural Student Advisory Board while pursuing a Master of Public Policy during the 2015-2016 academic year. A 2016 graduate of the McCourt School of Public Policy, Kayla served as the Co-Director of the Policy Innovation Lab, an organization that convenes the talents of students, faculty, and the local community to tackle policy issues in the DC area through a human-centered design approach.
She previously worked in the Office of Social Innovation at The White House and with the Council on Foundations, supporting the work of the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to address systemic social issues. Kayla is a graduate of the University of Michigan and enjoys creating engaging programs for GU Politics and continuing to explore the important intersection of public service and politics.
— Get to Know Kayla Auletto! —
What do you like to do when you’re away from the Hilltop? Do you have any hobbies?
Most people who know me know that I have the cutest cocker spaniel, Hudson! Anything with him is my favorite thing to do – taking him for walks, stopping at the dog park, or just cuddling with him on the couch while putting on House Hunters International. I also love being outdoors and exploring, whether it’s a new neighborhood in D.C. or driving outside of the city for a hike. Lastly, if anyone belongs to Balance Gym in Glover Park, you’ll probably see me there for a Balance Burn or yoga class!
Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I made it halfway through the process of franchising a barre studio. I decided to go to grad school instead, but I’ve always wanted to my start my own business.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is that we never shy away from asking the hard questions. How do we get people to talk and listen to each other? How can we use political power for good? How do we restore trust in politics and government? I love that I get to have those conversations with everyone who comes through our doors. Sometimes those questions can be overwhelming, but the best part of this job is that we never give up trying to answer them.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Whatever opportunity you take, make sure that it allows you to grow your skill set, build your network, or give you new experiences that you can take with you after you leave there. You should be continuously growing and challenging yourself and you should find opportunities that allow you to do that.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I’ve only been there once, but Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. I’ve never been somewhere so peaceful and beautiful.
A favorite memory from college…
Every football Saturday in the Big House watching Michigan football with 109,900 other people!
What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Love Actually – over and over again.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1) Climb Mount Kilimanjaro (right now the plan is to do it for my 30th birthday), 2) live abroad for a year, and 3) write a book