Kim Westcott is a Senior Program Officer in Criminal Justice Grantmaking with Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, supporting the new portfolio focusing on ending mass incarceration, increasing opportunities for those impacted by the criminal legal system and promoting the health and safety of all communities.
Throughout her career, Kim has been committed to addressing root problems and promoting systemic change that builds the power of communities of color. Before joining Schusterman Family Philanthropies, Kim served as Associate Counsel in the Community Service Society of New York’s Legal Department, where she developed human rights centered strategies and programming to remove barriers to employment for the formerly incarcerated and expand opportunities to fully participate in the life of the community. Prior to coming to CSS, Kim worked on labor and employment litigation in the New York City Transit Authority’s Office of the General Counsel and at two law firms. Kim also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she developed and teaches courses on race, criminalization, and punishment.
Kim holds a BA in History from Yale University and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. She also has a substantive background in social welfare policy, receiving her MSW and PhD from Columbia University. A longtime member of Brooklyn community organizations, Kim promotes collaborative culture and structures, especially in Black and brown communities.