Ayanna Spivey was born in the shadow of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She was raised in Moreno Valley, Ca. Ayanna’s leadership skills and creativity revealed themselves early in her childhood from being involved in her home church’s youth ministry, youth choir, youth council, and various social events. She really explored those skills while in high school lettering in 3 sports, active in Associated Student Body, Black Student Union, and the becoming the Southern California Regional President of Black Student Unions. These experiences laid the foundation for her time at Southern University and the beginning of her career in higher education, through various positions in the Student Government Association, Miss Sophomore and then Miss Southern on the Royal Court. She also took part in the new student summer orientations, football recruiting, and being a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. All these endeavors sparked the ideas of wanting to go into higher education. Upon graduating from Southern University with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Social Work and Sociology, she returned to California and received a Master of Science in Higher Education leadership andStudent Development from California Baptist University.
With the culmination of her secondary and post-secondary education, in 2016 she launched We Are Educated, LLC. We Are Educated, LLC is an organization that strives to promote higher learning at HBCUs and inspire academic excellence through college preparation. It is the organization’s belief that it can play a part in the increase of HBCU attendance by highlighting the benefits of the overall HBCU experience. We Are Educated, LLC provides scholarships to assist undergraduate students with their matriculation through various workshops and fairs. We Are Educated, LLC has provided about $3000 plus in giving within its first two years. We Are Educated, is currently going through a rebranding transformation, and is in the process of becoming an official nonprofit tax exempt company and will be relaunching summer of 2021.
Since her career path continued in California, Ayanna has worked within the California Community College system going on 7 years working with various programs that includes academic counseling, student services, academic success programs and with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Her passions for equity and student success are evident in the work that she does within her perspective departments by always putting the students and their interests first. It is her hope to continue within the community college system while also contemplating on the idea of pursuing a doctoral degree. In the meantime, she continues to be active with the Southern University Alumni Federation Alumni Los Angeles Chapter, Southern University Young Alumni Network and she was named as one of SU’s 40 Under Forty for the inaugural cohort in 2018.