Kim Sweet is the Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), a not-for-profit organization that promotes access to quality education for low-income children in New York City’s schools. She leads a staff of more than 50 attorneys and education specialists and oversees a wide range of projects focused on the educational rights and needs of the children the school system often overlooks – children with disabilities, immigrants and English Language Learners, children who are homeless, and children involved in the child welfare or justice systems. While at AFC, Ms. Sweet started the ARISE Coalition, which now includes more than 60 organizational and individual members working together to improve education for students with disabilities in the city’s public schools, as well as the state-wide Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma.
At AFC, Ms. Sweet has served on numerous task forces, coalitions, and advisory boards. She currently serves on the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, the Young Men’s Initiative Advisory Board, and the Steering Committee of the Mayor’s Community Schools Advisory Board. Ms. Sweet is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cahn Fellows Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ms. Sweet previously worked as the Associate General Counsel at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a litigation associate with Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP, and a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. Ms. Sweet also taught as an adjunct professor in the Urban Law Clinic of New York Law School. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.