Kayla Begay is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member of Hupa, Yurok and Karuk descent. Carpenter holds a bachelors degree in Linguistics from Stanford University and a masters degree in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently a graduate student in the Linguistics Ph.D. program at U.C. Berkeley. She is the daughter of Chance Carpenter, and Melodie George-Moore, one of the first apprentice participants in the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program. Carpenter is working towards conversational fluency in the languages of her family heritage, and is also a traditional basket weaver and singer.