Kimberly Waller is a child welfare policy research fellow in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. The fellowship project aims to advance systems change within the foster care system by researching best practices from across the country. Waller will seek to uncover key challenges within Michigan's child welfare system, looking specifically at barriers to foster youth education, while advancing systems change by sharing information with key stakeholders.
Waller recently served as a legislative assistant to a U.S. senator, where she managed the senator's health, education, and child and family welfare legislative agenda. Prior to that, Waller graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served on the board of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation advocating for public interest attorneys and students. Before law school, she worked as a social worker with the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Legal Services Association, where she collaborated with attorneys in disability cases to provide holistic services to clients. Waller earned her BSW, summa cum laude, in social work with a minor in political science and women's studies from the University of Pittsburgh.