Ms. Kayla Williams

Virginia, United States

Member Since: 04/22/2014


Kayla M. Williams is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at Center for a New American Security. She previously served as Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was primary adviser to the Secretary on department policies, programs, and legislation affecting women veterans. Kayla spent eight years at the RAND Corporation researching servicemember and veteran health needs and benefits, international security, and intelligence policy. Ms. Williams was enlisted for five years as an Arabic linguist, serving in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She authored the memoirs Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War (W.W. Norton). Kayla graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University. She is a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and the Army Education Advisory Committee, a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, and a 2015 Lincoln Award recipient who frequently speaks and writes about veterans' issues.

 

Website: kaylamaureenwilliams.com

Twitter Username: @kwilliams101


Publications

  • Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the US Army , W. W. Norton (2005)
  • Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War , W. W. Norton (February 2014)

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Bowling Green State University (1997)
  • Master of Arts in International Relations from American University (2007)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction