Advocacy

Kayla E. Bass

Director of External Affairs 

Kayla E. Bass
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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.


Bryan Parker

Director of Governmental Affairs

Bryan Parker
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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.


Baker Allen

Director of Policy and Research

Baker Allen
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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 and half 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.