Kaila Cook is a Program Assistant for Democracy International. Prior to joining DI, Kaila pursued research, policy, and advocacy opportunities in Geneva, Switzerland, Washington D.C., Sacramento, and Chicago.
Kaila previously interned for Geneva for Human Rights, a Swiss organization aimed at training human rights defenders. During this time, she monitored and reported on all sessions of the 35th United Nations Human Rights Council and its relevant treaty bodies. Afterwards, Kaila interned for Freedom House and pursued humanitarian research and advocacy efforts with U.S. Congressional offices. Additionally, her work with the Activism and Community Engagement Program at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics allowed for her to conduct grassroots level advocacy and analysis on clean energy policy and environmental justice.
Kaila has an M.A. in International Relations from The University of Chicago. Over the course of her degree, she focused on international human rights law, sustainable development, and comparative studies in political institutions. Kaila received her B.A. in Politics and Sociology from The University of California, Santa Cruz.
She speaks basic French.