Name: Kyla Lackie
Role: Postsecondary Readiness Director
Background: Kyla grew up in King and Pierce Counties and lives in South Seattle with her five-year-old son.
What do you do at PSESD: Kyla oversees regional strategies and systems alignment to increase postsecondary access and success across Pierce and King County.
Prior Experience: Kyla managed district secondary success and college readiness programs like GEAR UP, Advisory, High School & Beyond Planning, AVID, college access community partnerships, counseling supports, and school college and career programming in Highline Public Schools. She also worked for five years at SOAR, a regional early learning and youth development coalition, developing youth program supports.
Education: Kyla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and Sociology and a minor in Documentary Photography at the University of San Diego. She later earned a master's degree in Public Administration at the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
How do you spend your free time: Kyla loves taking her son out for a bike ride, reading, and being outdoors.
Favorite quote: “Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight & continue to pull back the veil." Adrienne Maree Brown
Name: Naveed Badri
Role: Manager, Puget Sound College and Career Network
Background: Naveed grew up in South King County and currently lives in Tacoma.
What do you do at PSESD: Naveed works to embed youth leadership and continuous improvement in PSCCN, build regional capacity, and increase collective action around equitable postsecondary opportunities for students across the PSESD region.
Prior Experience: Naveed has a background in community public health, college access, and youth leadership. He has worked at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) where he led health equity efforts in COVID-19 community engagement, participatory budgeting & planning, and youth leadership/advocacy. Prior to his work at TPCHD, Naveed worked at The College Success Foundation-Tacoma as a College Prep Advisor supporting 11th and 12th grade students, as well as admin with college and career planning support.
Education: Naveed earned his Bachelor or Science in Microbiology and Master of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from UW-Seattle.
How do you spend your free time: Naveed enjoys cooking/grilling, biking, and playing guitar.
Favorite quote: “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” -W. Edwards Deming