Kaloma Nkosi Cardwell is an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He currently serves on the New York City Bar’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives committee and is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); National Bar Association (NBA); Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA); National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS); Cal Alumni Association; and the Associated Alumni of Central High School.
Kaloma earned his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he worked as a Research Assistant to Professor john a. powell and studied structural racism, implicit bias, housing, opportunity, corporate misalignment, diversity and inclusion, inequality, democracy, and social mobility. Kaloma also served as co-president of the Law Students of African Descent (LSAD/BLSA); development editor and articles editor for the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy; instructor for the Juvenile Hall Outreach program; and a member of the Board of Advocates Mock Trial Team. He was recognized by UC Berkeley’s African American Student Development office as an Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Grad Student Supporter. Kaloma co-authored Homeownership, Wealth, & the Production of Racialized Space, an article co-published by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Brookings Institution Press, and has contributed to U.S. Supreme Court briefs related to the Fair Housing Act and a number of publications related to race-conscious university admission plans, affirmative action, and integration.
Kaloma received his B.A. in Africana Studies and Political Science from Lehigh University, where he subsequently worked to stop foreclosures and predatory lending as a national organizer for a non-profit organization in 2009. While at Lehigh, Kaloma received the Bosey Reiter Leadership Cup Award, Class of 1904 Leadership Award, and Contribution to Student Life Award. Kaloma is featured in Holla Back…but Listen First: A Life Guide for Young Adults by Mister Mann Frisby.