Mikayla Townsend

Program Coordinator, NH Listens
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Mikayla Townsend is a Program Coordinator with New Hampshire Listens at the Carsey School of Public Policy. In her role, she focuses on facilitating and designing community dialogues, contributes to project development, writing, and research, and co-leading the campus-based Treat Fellowship. The Treat Fellowship is focused on building facilitation skills for UNH students to draw on an in-depth understanding of their humanity, identity, and personal values to promote mutual understanding, compassion, and awareness, and youth dialogues across difference. She has previously served as a liaison betweeen students and university administration through Penn State's Residence Life and the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments. Mikayla was a McCourtney Institute for Democracy's Nevins Fellow in 2019. She began working at Public Agenda through her Nevins Fellow internship before accepting a full-time associate position on their public engagement team. In her work, Mikayla contributes projects around civic engagement, health equity, and community-led research and advocacy. She values people-centered efforts that prioritize the diversity, history, and strengths of communities.

Mikayla earned her bachelor's degree in public relations with a minor in political science from Penn State University in 2020.