Kim Kessler is the Policy and Special Programs Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, a newly created program dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to improve the modern food system. Previously, Kessler served as the Food Policy Coordinator for the City of New York, an appointed position in the Mayor’s Office. In this role, she coordinated and oversaw municipal food policies and initiatives, including initiatives related to improved retail access to nutritious foods, urban agriculture, healthy food procurement, and combating obesity. She also helped to formulate, and advocate on behalf of, New York City’s food policy priorities with Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Prior to working for the Bloomberg Administration, Kim was an attorney at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Kessler received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law. During her law school career, she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and was awarded the Anne Petluck Poses Memorial Prize in recognition of outstanding work in a legal clinic. Kessler received her A.B. in Political Science from Brown University. From 2005 to 2006, Kessler clerked for the Honorable Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.