Hayling is a project team leader at FSG with experience in strategy consulting, research, and advocacy in the social sector. In addition to his consulting work, Hayling serves as FSG’s Equity Partnerships Lead, advancing the firm’s commitment to social equity through strategic collaboration.
Hayling is experienced in designing collective impact strategies to accelerate systems change. In particular, he has worked extensively with communities addressing issues in early childhood, youth development, and K-12 education. For example, in partnership with the Kellogg and Kresge Foundations, he helped plan and facilitate a citywide process to create a shared vision for Detroit’s early childhood system. More recently, he supported the design and launch of the Equity Alliance of Staten Island, an initiative focused on educational opportunity and youth wellness in Staten Island, New York. He has also supported FSG’s work in strategic learning and evaluation, which included an assessment of Raising Blended Learners, a statewide personalized learning initiative piloted in schools across Texas.
As Equity Partnerships Lead, Hayling supports FSG’s strategic priorities on social equity related to business development, capacity building for consulting staff, and partnerships with field actors in the advocacy community.
Hayling’s work has focused on strategies at the intersection of youth development, education, and neighborhood revitalization. He began his career as a federal liaison for an alliance of local social service agencies, where he provided technical assistance to emerging school-community partnerships nationwide. In this role he also supported the launch of the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, helping coordinate efforts to strengthen systems of academic and community support for underserved youth. Subsequently, he served as policy director for an association of America’s largest nonprofit human service agencies, implementing an integrated legislative agenda and spearheading advocacy campaigns on Capitol Hill. In addition to promoting federal policy impacting youth and families, Hayling has served as a community organizer and advised civic leaders on approaches to place-based youth development.
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- Harvard Kennedy School, MPP
- University of Pennsylvania, BA, magna cum laude in Urban Studies
- Board Member, AchieveMission
- Advisory Board Member, Youth Advocate Programs
- Conversational Spanish
On working at FSG
“I believe that society’s most intractable problems will be best addressed by approaches that leverage cross-sector solutions. For this reason I feel extremely fortunate to serve at FSG, where we apply analytical rigor across the divides between business, government, philanthropy, and nonprofits. Our team is full of thoughtful professionals who carry a deep commitment to equity, and I’m honored to be a part of a purpose-driven workplace so closely aligned with my personal theory of change.”