Kamala Buchanan-Williams

Attorney, Legal Advocacy
Portrait photograph of Kamala Buchanan-Williams

Kamala Buchanan-Williams is an attorney on the Legal Advocacy team at the National Center for Youth Law, where they litigate across all of the organization's issue areas to enforce the rights of young people.

Kamala began their legal career as a Skadden Fellow at Georgia Legal Services Program, where they focused on addressing racially disproportionate public school discipline. They later established and managed Georgia Legal Services Program's statewide education advocacy unit. In this role, Kamala expanded Georgia Legal Services Program's education advocacy, particularly for youth in foster care and youth involved in Georgia's juvenile and criminal legal systems. They are proud to have represented many extraordinary and resilient young people harmed by systemic and institutional injustices. Kamala holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where they served as the Executive Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. 

Kamala is the proud product of underfunded and over-policed San Diego public schools. Kamala lives in Los Angeles with their wife and two rescue dogs and spends most of their time cooking Filipino food and singing karaoke.