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Meet Layla D'Emilia

Layla has spent over 15 years managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises in both state and federal government. Layla served as a senior member of the Executive Office Public Safety and Security Secretariat, a cabinet secretariat with 13 member public safety agencies. She was part of a public safety team where they dealt with many crisis and risks and offered quick operational responses and guidance to the Administration and legislators around the Commonwealth from natural disasters like Hurricane Earl, to a major western Massachusetts ice and snow storm, a major water main break, state prison escapes, and many other public safety and homeland security issues. Whether Layla’s objective was to work with the public safety team and provide detailed operational responses in times of crises; or shape legislative or regulatory processes; or work with the Administrative office of Finance to secure funding she was able to develop effective strategies on a wide variety of issues and achieve success.

As the Deputy Director for Policy and Boards at the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, a regulatory agency, Layla directly oversaw and supervised the staff, operations, and policies of 30 Boards of Registration and the Office of Private Occupational Schools.  She provided leadership and coaching to the nine executive directors and evaluated them in their individual and unit capacities.  She also worked extensively on policy and regulatory matters and oversaw the appointments of all 205 gubernatorial board member appointments.

Layla has extensive experience in identifying risks associated and related to external relations such as relationship with vendors, the community, and compliance with donors; human resource related issues such as codes of conduct, employee retention and succession, performance evaluation and termination; Financial risk related to government contracts, budget and donor investment and intent; and with trainings on a topics that include sexual harassment and cultural competency.

Layla has also worked extensively on Title IX, VAWA, and Clery Act related issues related to training and/or investigations; government and public affairs; organizational development; issue advocacy; office management; grant writing; and public policy development.

Layla most recently served on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Commissioner's Task Force on Campus Safety and Violence Prevention. The report Securing Our Future: Best Practice Recommendations for Campus Safety & Violence Prevention was issued in June 2016. She also served on the original Task Force which published Campus Violence and Prevention Response: Best Practices for Massachusetts Higher Education in June of 2008.

A few of Layla's legislative successes include:

  • Chapter 223 of the Acts of 2008. An Act to Create a State 911 Department, Single 911 Surcharge and an Enhanced 911 Fund. The purpose of this new law was to further protect the public safety by improving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ability to coordinate and administer the Enhanced 9-1-1 system and ensure the most efficient and consistent approach for Enhanced 9-1-1 service to all 351 cities and towns.
  • Chapter 256 of the Acts of 2010, known as the CORI Reform. This new law made significant updates and changes to the CORI law. The law changed who has authorized access to CORI and how CORI is accessed.
  • Chapter 236 of the acts of 2014. An Act Modernizing licensing operations at the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL). This new law updated the operations of the DPL and it's 31 boards of registration.

Layla has lectured and conducted many trainings on a variety of human resources, public safety, and workplace violence related topics.

Layla is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and Suffolk University Law School.






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