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Keya Koul ’96

Keya Koul
About Keya

Member, Nominating Committee, 2019–22

San Francisco, California

Keya Koul ’96 is the director of career services at University of San Francisco School of Law. She serves on both the University Council for Diversity and Inclusion and the School of Law Diversity Committee. Keya also currently holds an American Bar Association (ABA) Presidential Appointment to the Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. Prior to working in higher education, Keya practiced law in New Mexico for nearly a decade, during which time she was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

She is the former chair of the State Bar of New Mexico (SBNM) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession. Keya was a 2013 ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year finalist and was the 2011 SBNM Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Smith, she holds a master’s in medieval Spanish literature from University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from Southwestern Law School. Keya is first-generation South Asian American, and speaks English, Spanish, Hindi, Kashmiri, and a little bit of French and Arabic. She loves to travel all over the world, and eat and drink delicious treats.

Keya’s Smith volunteer experience includes being a member of the Smith College Medal Committee, 2019–present; a presenter at the April 2018 Women of Color Conference, “Diversity and Recruiting in the Corporate World”; a presenter, for the June 2018 webinar series, “Networking: Not a Bad Word—Relationship Building Through Professional Associations”; and ad hoc director, Smith College Club of San Francisco and Marin.