Kinyaa Luka graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Government and a minor in Global South Development Studies. She focused her studies in Government on U.S. Foreign Policy, domestic and international security issues, and on international relations broadly. In Development Studies, she focused on government-led development policies in east African countries.
Kinyaa’s interests in Government relations and international development policies led her to study abroad in Uganda and Rwanda during the fall semester of her junior year with the School for International Training (SIT). Through SIT, she completed an independent-study research project on the strengths and challenges of government-led development programs in Uganda from the 1990s to present day. Her broader studies through SIT covered topics in health-care programs, eco-tourism and national resource management, education systems and urban planning.
On the Smith campus, Kinyaa was a member of the Pre-law society and also worked with the Smith Department of Residence Life from sophomore through senior year. During summer of her sophomore year she interned in the Office of Representative Niki Tsongas in Washington, D.C. and also interned with the Hampshire County Bar Association of Western Massachusetts during parts of her sophomore and junior years, and volunteered with the International Language Institute of Northampton.
Prior to joining Wood LLP, Kinyaa worked with the Department of Health Care Finance and Administration in the State of Tennessee. She reviewed and updated information as part of determining the eligibility and continuation of benefits status of Medicaid cases. She gained expertise in document review and case management.
At Wood LLP, Kinyaa assists attorneys in many of the firm’s practice areas. She provides assistance in factual research, copy editing and cite checking, publication and client-related document management, court filings and factual analysis.