Kayla Yang-Best

Education Portfolio Director

Kayla oversees the strategic investment and partnerships in education for the Bush Foundation. She brings more than fourteen years of experience in philanthropy, leading strategic grantmaking for many years for the Cargill Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way. In these roles, Kayla has created partnerships and programs across communities and institutions to help address the student achievement gap.

In years prior to coming to Minnesota and becoming a part of the robust Minnesotan philanthropic community in 2000, Kayla completed her graduate studies in international development at American University in Washington, DC and her undergraduate studies in international studies/political science at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. She also spent two years in Thailand working for a Thai NGO on rural development and a year at the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations. She received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and practiced law for a couple years. Kayla served on the board of the Minnesota Council of Foundations and several local nonprofit and small business boards.

In Kayla’s spare time, she enjoys cooking, writing and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.