Layla Kilolu is a Ph.D. student in urban and regional planning (DURP) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research is focused on climate change and resilience planning from a social equity perspective. She is also a graduate degree fellow at the East-West Center where she served as president of the East-West Center Participants’ Association (EWCPA), a student body of over 250 students from the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to deciding to go back to school yet again, Layla worked in financial management, initially in the private sector, then for nonprofit organizations. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University (Malibu, California) and graduated cum laude from the University of California Irvine.
In her spare time, she performs with her band, composed of other international graduate students, and they rehearse and record in their dormitory.
Layla on the far left, with her bandmates Skayu, Anis, Rebecca, Rodrigo, and Ben