Leadership & Staff

Milinda Kakani

Senior Youth Justice Policy Associate


Mili joins the CDF-CA team as senior policy associate on the youth justice team. Before joining CDF-CA, Mili was a supervising attorney for Public Counsel’s Transition Age Youth Project. In that capacity, she represented system-involved youth, supervised a team of attorneys and social workers, and supported coalition work addressing the collateral consequences that come with having contact with the foster and juvenile court systems. Prior to that, she worked at the Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Project, where she represented parents working to keep their families together and worked to address the disproportionate representation of minorities dealing with the foster system. Previous to law school, Mili was a member of the New York Teaching Fellows Program and spent two years teaching 6th graders in the Bronx. Mili earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2008. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2002.

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