University: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hometown: Hamlet, NC
Shayla Douglas is a Lead for North Carolina Fellow serving in Pembroke, NC. In her role, she serves as an assistant to the Town Manager and has completed projects such as facilitating the town’s ADA Transition, grant writing, and serving as the Chair for Pembroke’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. Prior to LFNC, Shayla was an intern for Democracy Matters, and helped create a chapter of the organization at UNC, where she served as President. She earned a BA in Political Science and History with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from UNC- Chapel Hill.
On her why: I plan to continue a career in local government and bring positive change to my community. I believe LFNC will give me the tools to be a better leader in my community.
Recent Work Accomplishments:
Shayla secured a $160,000 grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation for mitigation efforts for cleaning ditches and culverts in Pembroke. She also received $135,750 in disaster recovery funds to reimburse the town for costs incurred as a direct result of Florence. Shayla also completed grant and capital finance research to replace a sewer lift station at risk of failure in Pembroke.