Lyla served on active duty from 2001 to 2007 as a Naval Surface Warfare and Intelligence officer, deploying in 2005 as a counter-terrorism analyst. As an intelligence consultant from 2008 to 2013, she worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). From 2013 to 2014, Lyla served as the Cultural Advisor for the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan.
Lyla continues to consult for USSOCOM and is the Director of Government Programs at the Cultural Intelligence Center, a global research and consulting firm focused on diversity and inclusion. Lyla’s favorite role is as President/Co-founder of PROMOTE, a nonprofit focused on creating inclusive, innovative Special Operations teams.
Lyla is a member of numerous organizations, to include the Truman National Security Project and Virginia Board of Veterans Services. She holds a B.A. from Penn State University and a M.A. from Georgetown University.