Shayla Spilker, MSPH

Research Consultant


Shayla helps foundations, nonprofits, and public agencies weave strategic and evaluative thinking into their health equity and systems change efforts. Her work emphasizes a social determinants of health approach, recognizing the intersectionality of social issues, individual identities, and systems in shaping community outcomes. She is experienced in mixed-methods approaches, with strong qualitative data collection and analysis skills.

Shayla brings a decade of experience in public health policy and applied research, with a focus on addressing health equity and social justice within diverse communities. She also helps organizations and institutions to incorporate authentic community engagement practices into their strategy and evaluation work. Her areas of interest include education, healthcare access, economic security, and housing, as well as strategy development and capacity building for nonprofit organizations and public health departments. In her prior work as Assistant Director at the Praxis Project, Shayla led an initiative to coalesce a network of grassroots community organizations, uplifting the work through evaluation of their efforts to shift policy and build community power. At Engage R+D, some of her current clients include the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, the Missouri Foundation for Health, and the California Endowment.

Shayla also brings expertise in strategic organizational communications. She enjoys translating complex data into easy-to-interpret and beautiful graphics and briefs.


Master of Science, Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, Public Health, University of California, Berkeley