Hayling applies his experience in strategy consulting, research, and advocacy to advise clients addressing a variety of social sector challenges. In addition to his consulting work, Hayling supports FSG’s efforts to advance equity through capacity building and strategic collaboration in his role as Equity Partnerships Lead.
Hayling has deep experience designing strategies to accelerate systems change. He works with clients across sectors seeking to improve population-level outcomes through collective impact, with a primary focus on education and youth development. Within this practice area Hayling has worked extensively with communities addressing issues in early childhood and K-12 education. For example, in partnership with the Kellogg and Kresge Foundation, he helped plan and facilitate and a citywide process to set a shared vision and strategy for Detroit’s early childhood system. More recently, he helped design and launch an initiative to promote equitable outcomes in Staten Island, New York’s education system. 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 FSG’s Equity Partnerships Lead, Hayling also supports the firm’s strategic priorities on 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
- Advisory Board Member, Youth Advocate Programs Policy & Advocacy Center
- Truman Scholarship Foundation
- 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.”