As a senior associate, Kiona supports work related to federal policy and advocacy. Prior to joining Chiefs for Change, her experience included roles as a teacher, as a risk manager for the City of Atlanta, and in private industry. She also has completed fellowships related to education and education policy in the office of a member of Congress on Capitol Hill as well as through Stanford University’s Hollyhock program, Urban Leaders, and Leadership in Educational Equity.

Kiona has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations from East Carolina University, a master’s in public administration from Troy University, and is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Howard University. She is a United Way VIP Program inductee, an alumnus of the Georgia WIN Leadership Academy, and was named to the Young Government Leaders Top 40 under 40.