Kelly Vásquez grew up in Saudi Arabia, New York City and London, and after working for a large corporate law firm in New York, has happily settled on the West Coast. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Throughout her schooling, Kelly took a particularly keen interest in race and gender studies and was an active member of her schools’ minority communities. At UVa, she was one of the founding members of Women of Color, a student group formed to provide support for the diverse population of women at the law school and whose existence as an official student group allowed it to serve as a forum for discussion of issues affecting women of color everywhere. She was also co-president of Students United to Promote Racial Awareness, a large student organization aimed at promoting communication, interaction, and understanding among students with different racial and ethnic backgrounds.