Mikayla Garrison brings a diverse background in economic policy and public service to her role as a research data analyst with The Holdsworth Center.
Most recently, Mikayla served as a policy analyst at the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, where she evaluated the transparency, fairness, governance and efficiency of several state agencies’ operations. Mikayla also interned for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Europe and Eurasia Bureau and the International Youth Foundation.
Mikayla holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies with minors in Africana studies and French from Texas A&M University, and a master’s in international development and economic policy from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. During her time at the Bush School, Mikayla edited a book analyzing the history of U.S. foreign aid and development theories. She has studied abroad in Tanzania, Senegal and France.
An Austinite of three years, Mikayla is the head coach of a club volleyball team with Total City Sports, a nonprofit organization aimed at making participation in club sports accessible for families in Central and East Austin. She is also a member of The Well Community Church in East Austin, where she and her husband Jordan lead a community group. When she’s not reading NPR news headlines, you can find her flipping through Backpack Magazine and planning her next hiking trip.