Kayla Santosuosso, Deputy Director
Kayla Santosuosso is a Brooklyn-based community organizer, activist, and nonprofit professional. She has been the Deputy Director of the Arab American Association of New York since 2013, leading fundraising and development efforts and overseeing programs and staff. Outside of AAANY, Kayla organizes around racial justice, environmental justice, and alternative economies. She is a proud member of the NYC chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice – a group dedicated to organizing white people for racial justice. Prior to her time at AAANY, Kayla led communications efforts for the Office of Sustainability at New York University, moving thousands of university students, faculty, and administration toward positive environmental behavioral change. She also worked with the Palestine Wildlife Society in Beit Sahour, Palestine, to establish an environmental education center for youth. Kayla has co-founded numerous non-profit initiatives and a for-profit company, and served on the national board of the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED). Kayla is an Arabic speaker and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University, where she was named one of the university’s ten most influential students. She has presented throughout New York City on her organizing and activist work, and considers herself a perpetual student of social justice movements. Hailing originally from small-town Ohio, she is now a proud resident of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.