Kayla Roney Smith
Portfolio Manager, SE Michigan
Kayla Roney Smith is a portfolio manager with Ballmer Group's southeast Michigan office, directing resources to improve conditions for children and families disproportionately likely to remain in poverty with a focus on college and career. Previously, Kayla served as Executive Director of the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network, working to increase opportunity for low-income, first-generation college students and to mobilize cross-sector partners around college attainment and workforce alignment goals. Before that, Kayla served as a College Advising Corps member and youth development program coordinator. Kayla is a Michigan Political Leadership Program alumna, and she has been honored as one of Crain's Detroit Business' "20 in their 20s" and the Oakland County Executive Office's "Elite 40 Under 40."
Kayla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.