Kevin Klyman

2019 to 2020
Placement:
United Nations Global Pulse
Placement Location:
New York City
Major:
B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Political Science, with concentrations in Computer Science and International Relations
Hometown:
Evanston, Illinois

Kevin Klyman is a policy advocate, researcher, and organizer focused on responsible data use and access to affordable housing. His work has been published by United Nations Global Pulse, Human Rights Watch, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Kevin was a John Gardner fellow at United Nations Global Pulse, where he wrote policies and developed technological solutions to promote ethical uses of artificial intelligence. He helped the UN’s Crisis Insights Team use predictive analytics to assist governments in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic; worked with various governments to revise their data protection laws; drafted national AI strategies for several countries; and co-wrote (with the World Health Organization) the UN’s statement on limiting the erosion of privacy rights during the pandemic.

After his fellowship, Kevin worked on the successful congressional campaign of Mondaire Jones (Gardner fellow class of ’09) in New York’s 17th district. In 2021, Kevin began a fellowship at the United Nations Foundation, where he worked on projects promoting digital transformation and responsible data use in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kevin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with Highest Honors in Political Science as well as a degree in Applied Mathematics. His honors thesis in Political Science on post-Cold War Sino-Mongolian relations received the Owen D. Young Prize in International Relations.

While studying at UC Berkeley, Kevin was a staunch advocate for affordable housing. As Chair of the student government’s housing commission, he was the spokesperson for over 30,000 undergraduates in negotiations with policymakers at the state and local level concerning housing policies. Kevin’s work on housing issues included serving as Co-Director of Renters’ Legal Assistance, an organization that informs tenants about their legal options and connects them to law firms. At Renters’ Legal Assistance, Kevin assisted many Bay Area tenants facing eviction, harassment, and discrimination. 

Kevin also sought to reduce housing insecurity through local political change. While working in the office of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, Kevin wrote legislation that substantially increased funding for eviction defense, affordable housing projects, and homelessness services. Kevin also authored legislation that initiated the process of making Berkeley one of the first cities in the country to prohibit housing discrimination against formerly incarcerated tenants.

Kevin’s other activities while a student at UC Berkeley included serving as Co-President of the Debate Society of Berkeley; writing for the Berkeley Political Review; and working as a research assistant in the Political Science department on projects investigating vaccine hesitancy in the Bay Area as well as the causes of forced displacement in civil wars in East Africa. 

In 2018, Kevin interned at Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. and helped the Arms Division uncover illegal uses of cluster bombs in Syria and Yemen. His reports detailing the illicit use, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster bombs were published by Cluster Munition Monitor. He also conducted research on behalf of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which is chaired by Human Rights Watch, and published a report on national policies relating to fully autonomous weapons.