Kayleigh Baker, J.D.

Senior Consultant, TNG

Areas of Expertise

Title IX Compliance

Civil Rights Investigations

External Investigations

Speaking and Writing

Baker, K. (2022, January), NASPA Strategies Conference in Boston, MA, "I'm Conflicted... Now What? Navigating Conflicts in Title IX"

Professional Organizations

ATIXA 2018-Present, Advisory Board 2021-Present

NASPA 2019-2022, NASPA Strategies Conference Planning Committee 2021

NACUA 2019-2022

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics 2019-2021


B.S., Political Science and Business Economics, Ball State University

J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law

Certificate, DEI, Workplace USF Muma School of Business

Admissions to Practice

State of Alabama

Kayleigh Baker, J.D.

Senior Consultant, TNG

“We all have a responsibility to create a just society.” - Bryan Stevenson

Kayleigh Baker (she/her) has extensive experience overseeing Title IX compliance and Civil Rights investigations for educational institutions and organizations. Kayleigh frequently serves in interim management roles for both higher education institutions and K-12 schools and districts and works with clients in need of short-term or long-term crisis management services.

Kayleigh has trained thousands of Title IX practitioners in the field and maintains her caseload as an external Investigator and Decision-Maker for TNG clients. Prior to her work in Title IX, Kayleigh served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit in Alabama. As a criminal lawyer, Kayleigh served as the attorney of record on thousands of cases and litigated dozens of trials in front of a jury. She regularly instructed law enforcement officers on, among other topics, civil rights issues. Kayleigh continues to collaborate with law enforcement and District Attorneys on the intersection between their obligations and Title IX regulations.

Before working with TNG, Kayleigh served as a Title IX Investigator at The University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama’s first full-time Title IX Coordinator. As a Title IX Coordinator in a one-person Title IX office, Kayleigh was responsible for primary prevention programming and has conducted campus climate surveys and facilitated training opportunities for thousands of students and employees on bystander intervention, reporting obligations, consent, and more. In addition to performing a wide range of responsibilities related to Title IX compliance, Kayleigh has a wealth of experience in other compliance areas across higher education.

Kayleigh has experience creating and leading Clery Committees and drafting Annual Security Reports. She also worked with other campus administrators related to the SACSCOC reaccreditation process. As a Title IX Coordinator, Kayleigh was also heavily involved in an institutional transition to NCAA Division I athletics and led multiple working groups to comply with the NCAA requirements. She also has been tasked with working with Behavioral Intervention Teams and has completed dozens of trainings with the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). She is a Certified Mental Health First Aider.

In 2021, Kayleigh was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board for the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). She has also served as part of ATIXA’s legislative committee. Kayleigh has previously presented at and served on the planning committee for the annual NASPA Strategies Conference, which addresses collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and well-being through various comprehensive and integrative approaches. Kayleigh was also selected to serve as a member of the pool of IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) practitioners who review inclusion plans for NASA’s Astrophysics division.

Kayleigh holds a B.S. in Political Science and Business Economics from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and a J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law. During law school, she was a two-time recipient of the George Taylor Award for Outstanding Performance in Trial Advocacy. She earned the Order of Samaritan in recognition of her exemplary commitment to service in the legal profession. In 2019, Kayleigh earned the Alabama Black Law Student Association Certificate of Excellence.

Kayleigh lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with her family and her never-ending pile of “to-be-read” books.