Kayla E. Bass
Director of External Affairs
Kayla was born in New Brockton, Alabama. She received her Associate of Arts degree at Enterprise State Community College in 2011 and her B.S. degree in journalism from Faulkner University in 2013. Prior to joining the Alabama League of Municipalities, Kayla served as the Communications Specialist to Governor Robert Bentley, Press Secretary to Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill and Communications Director for VOICES for Alabama’s Children.
Kayla currently serves as the Director of External Affairs for the Alabama League of Municipalities. As the Director of External Affairs, she works to promote League legislative positions through the development and implementation of grassroots campaigns and specific advocacy strategies as well as year-round communications efforts by the League. In addition, Kayla provides direct lobbying support when the Legislature is in session and works to cultivate additional strategic partners while overseeing current League partners and stakeholders.
In 2017 she was named one of “30 Women Who Shape the State” by AL.com and Birmingham Magazine and in 2019 Kayla received the Faulkner University Young Alumna Award for the College of Arts and Sciences English, Humanities, Music, Great Books Honors Program.
Director of Governmental Affairs
Bryan joined the Alabama League of Municipalities’ staff in June 2020 as Director of Governmental Affairs responsible for federal and state legislation. He came to the League from PowerSouth Energy where he was an Economic Development Representative responsible for recruitment and business development initiatives. In that role, he worked with marketing allies, development organizations and their member cooperatives to recruit prospective companies and new industry to Alabama. Prior to his service at PowerSouth, Bryan served for five years as a Field Representative for United States Congressman Jo Bonner. He holds a Masters of Economic and Workforce Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Auburn University Montgomery.
A native of Greenville, Alabama, Bryan and his wife, Katy, and daughter, Sybil, live in Pike Road, Alabama.
Director of Policy and Research
An Eagle Scout, Baker Allen was born and attended high school in the greater Birmingham area. Prior to moving to Montgomery, Baker attended Hampden-Sydney College graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics. During his time at Hampden-Sydney, he was named the Paul Trible Public Service Program Scholar and received the Lewis and Nell Drew Student Government Award.
Since moving to Montgomery, Baker served as Economic Policy Advisor to both Governor Robert Bentley and Governor Kay Ivey. During his five years in the Governor’s Office, he crafted economic development policy and legislation that frequently included broadband, environmental, opportunity zones, water and veterans’ issues.
Baker enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Lydia, and their happy English bulldog, Maggie.
Debra is a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Alabama, and has always been fascinated with its history. She attended Huntingdon College, receiving her BA in Elementary Education. While working at Alfa Insurance as a Homeowner Underwriter, Debra also received her Certificate in General Insurance. She spent 10 years at Alfa before becoming a stay-at-home mom for the next seven years. After being heavily involved in the Dalraida Elementary PTA, Debra was hired to work at the school where she served as inventory clerk, textbook coordinator, secretary and technology coordinator for 10 years.
From 2016 until 2020, Debra was Assistant to the Director at the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. In this role, she helped coordinate celebrations and commemorations that focused on Alabama’s 200th birthday. During her time with the Commission, she was fortunate to learn something new about the state nearly every day as well as interact with many elected officials, professionals, educators and volunteers from throughout Alabama
Debra joined the League in December 2020 and provides administrative support to the Advocacy Team; assists with meeting planning; and coordinates a variety of programs and activities. She and her husband Mike are parents to daughters Mandy and Haley, both living and working in the Birmingham area. Mike and Debra attend Eastern Hills Baptist Church where she is active in the adult choir and ensemble.