Ayla Schlosser is the founder and Executive Director of Resonate, an organization that empowers women and girls through storytelling, working with them to build confidence, agency, and leadership for change. Ayla is based in Kigali, Rwanda and leads Resonate’s strategy, builds partnerships, and oversees curriculum development and training. Ayla’s work draws on her expertise as a coach and trainer, as well as her deep understanding of creating lasting change through engendering local leadership.
Ayla has a background in community organizing and leadership development with staff, volunteers, and community members. Through her work at Groundswell, a grassroots non-profit based in Washington, DC, she designed and ran various campaigns, working closely with partner organizations, faith and community leaders, and government agencies. Her projects ranged from supporting local leaders in neighborhood clean energy initiatives, to planning and launching a citywide residential energy efficiency program. She has also worked on community development projects in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Ecuador. Prior to her work as a community organizer she was a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement, coaching, and facilitation. She was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate, and was a featured speaker at the 2014 SXSW Innovators + Social Good Summit.