Layla Kilolu is a graduate student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research is focused on how resilience strategies are created, monitored, and measured from a social equity perspective. She has contributed to sustainability efforts at Sea Grant, Elemental Excelerator, the City and County of Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, as well as Hawaii Gas, which is Hawaii's only gas utility company. As Layla was raised in the foster care system, her life mission is to improve the quality of life for underserved groups, particularly for at-risk children and youth. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.