Nyla Holland is a policy assistant in the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. She is passionate about education and environmental policy, particularly in areas of school climate and environmental justice. Before joining Urban, Nyla interned at Children and Screens, where she advocated for federal legislation addressing the impact of technology on adolescents. Concurrently, she helped create an environmental justice mapping tool of Pennsylvania as a part of her internship at Pennsylvania State University’s Sustainability Institute. Holland has also interned for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of the Mayor and the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Holland received her Master of Public Policy degree with a specialization in education policy from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2022. At the same university, she earned baccalaureate degrees in political science and African-American studies. In 2021, she was awarded the Rock Ethics Stand Up Award and named College of the Liberal Arts Student Marshal.