Shayla started her career at Georgia State University as the administrative coordinator with the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program in 2006 before moving on to Georgia Strategic Prevention System first as a senior training and technical assistance coach through the School of Social Work then as evaluation project coordinator through the School of Public Health. She returned to Title IV-E with the programs re-launch in the fall of 2015 as assistant project director.
Shayla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from Georgia State University and a Master of Public Administration in Public Sector Management from Valdosta State University and is currently enrolled in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program at the University of West Georgia. Shayla is a participant in the Georgia State University Executive Leadership Academy for Women Class of 19/20. She was also a participant in the Fall 2003 Class of the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism.
Shayla serves on the Georgia State University Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors as Constituent Partnership Chair. As well as serves on the Georgia State University Library Board of Advocates.
She has worked as a reporter for publications from New York, D.C., to metro Atlanta and has hosted a syndicated political talk radio show entitled “The Shayla Bennett Show,” on Genesis Communication Network. Shayla is a volunteer English and Language Arts GED instructor and has also volunteered as a certified Family-to-Family instructor with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.