Kayla Shelton is a native of Detroit, MI. As a 2009 Valedictorian from Renaissance High School, she was inducted into the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honors Society. She was the recipient of the Grandmont Rosedale Scholarship as well as the Spirit of Detroit Award.
During her time at Harvard University, Kayla served as Mentorship Chairperson for the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers. She created "Science Day," where undergrads volunteer to help middle school students work on science experiments and give college advice to high school students. Kayla received the David D. Simms House Spirit Award for enhancing interaction within her residential house. She also received a Harvard Foundation Award for her efforts in bringing diversity to the freshman body. Kayla graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Secondary in Spanish.
Kayla was recently a Construction Supervisor for DTE Energy, where she was responsible for gas service installation and pipeline construction across Southeast Michigan. Previously she served as the inaugural participant of the three-year Rotational Leadership Program for DTE Gas Operations. During that time, she served on the engineering team that redesigned gas pipelines in the aftermath of the Melvindale Gas Explosion in July 2016.
She remains active in her community serving as a board member for the Harvard Club of Detroit, the Detroit Young Professionals, DTE’s SURGE group, and the Covenant House of Michigan. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. She has been featured in BLAC Detroit’s Ones to Watch 2017 Calendar as well as various media outlets including BLAC Detroit magazine, Deadline Detroit, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Empowering Michigan, and Motor City Woman Radio, and the American Gas Association. She is also a regular contributor to the Black Girls Code chapter in Detroit.