Director of Development, Harvest Regional Food Bank
BS ‘13, MS ’15, Georgetown University
Layna Brown graduated from Texarkana Arkansas High School in 2010 and accepted one of 10 Presidential Leadership Scholarships to attend A&M-Texarkana in the fall of 2011. “At TAMUT, I was a member of both Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Chi honor societies. I founded Omega Delta Chi sorority with four other ladies. For over three years, I was a dedicated Resident Assistant in Bringle Lake Village. I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in History and a minor in Criminal Justice in the fall of 2013. I was one of two students who gave a keynote address at graduation,” she said.
As an undergraduate, Layna said she discovered she had two passions: one for helping others and one for government and public service. “My work with residence and Greek life helped me to realize my passion for helping people and my community. The history department and a few political science electives pushed me toward public service and politics. I applied for Georgetown University’s master’s program in Emergency and Disaster Management because I believe Emergency Management is an excellent combination of my two passions. I knew Georgetown’s reputation and was terrified I would not get in. I was one of 30 students accepted from around the world and started my master’s in August 2014.”
Layna graduated from Georgetown in 2015 and currently works as Director of Development at Harvest Regional Food Bank in Texarkana.