Kiana Knolland joined the ACLU of Kansas in October 2017 as the Smart Justice Field Organizer. Kiana Knolland is a recent honors graduate of Howard University where she studied Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science.
Kiana has prioritized finding the intersection of strategic communication, legislative affairs, and the legal system. Prior to joining the ACLU of Kansas, she interned for the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Department of Justice, Hillary for America, Berger Hirschberg Strategies, and Invariant Government Relations Firm.
During her freshman year of college, Kiana was named the 2013-2014 National Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA). In this role, she served as the official teen spokesperson for the organization. She represented and advocated for nearly 4 million youth across the country and on military installations around the world.
Kiana is particularly interested in how policy impacts marginalized communities. In 2016, Kiana spent the summer at UC Berkeley as a policy fellow in the Public Policy and International Affairs program. During her senior year of college, Kiana was a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of Presidency & Congress. Kiana recently returned from Madrid, Spain where she participated in an international legal fellowship.