Andrew Kashyap is Senior Attorney at the Public Defender Association. Andrew has over 15 years of experience as an attorney working with community groups on new strategies to achieve comprehensive change and build community power, especially in communities of color. These efforts have ranged from helping pass priority hire legislation in Seattle, to advocating for community benefit agreements that prevent displacement in Seattle’s communities of color, to providing legal support to South Asian, Arab, and Muslim communities in New York City after 9/11.
Andrew started his legal career in New York City, first as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Employment Law Project, and then as an attorney at the Urban Justice Center. Andrew then moved to Seattle and worked at Columbia Legal Services for several years. Andrew has taught in the clinical programs at Fordham School of Law and Seattle University School of Law. He has also gained policy experience at SEIU Local 775. Prior to law school, Andrew worked as a community organizer for over seven years with tenants and immigrant workers in Providence and New York City.
Andrew is an appointed member of the following City committees charged with crafting policies that affect core populations PDA works with:
Fair Chance Housing Legislation Committee: This committee, comprised of community representatives and city officials and chaired by the Office of Civil Rights, is charged with developing "ban the box"-type legislation that will limit the use of criminal records to bar persons from housing. This committee was convened in April 2016 and is due to wrap up its work and recommendations in early 2017.
Prisoner and Community Corrections Re-entry Workgroup: This workgroup, comprised of community members with knowledge of the criminal justice system along with city officials and chaired by the Office for Civil Rights, is charged with examining current City policies and developing new policies that facilitate the re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons and remove barriers to employment, housing and other benefits. This group will be convened in November 2016 and will meet for 15-18 months.
Andrew graduated from Brown University in 1990 and obtained a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.