P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Manav Kumar, 2008

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, AECOM

Manav Kumar is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

MANAV KUMAR is currently the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of AECOM, a fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates major infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries through 87,000 employees. Kumar also serves on the company’s Executive Committee. He previously served as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AECOM

Prior to joining AECOM, Kumar served both as Deputy Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Olympics Officer for the City of Los Angeles during its successful pursuit of the 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games. As the Mayor’s chief aide on the bid for the 2028 Games, he managed mayoral and city efforts related to the bidding process, including the substantive development of the proposed Games plan, drafting and negotiation of key legal agreements, coordination with the International Olympic Committee, and management of local, state, and federal relationships.

As a member of the Mayor's Executive Team, Kumar provided legal, policy, and management advice on numerous major projects and initiatives, including transportation, labor, and key social and economic policies. Kumar also served in a general counsel role for the approximately 180 employees in the Mayor's Office, with responsibility for ethics, employment, compliance, risk management, managing a complex litigation docket, and representing the City in settlement and mediation proceedings.

Kumar previously served as Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs and Defense to Senator Russ Feingold, worked for Senator John Kerry’s transition team for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, clerked for Judge Kim Wardlaw on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced law at Arnold & Porter, LLP and Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC.

Kumar received his JD from Yale Law School and his AB from Harvard College.

  • JD Law | Yale University 2009
  • AB South Asian Studies & Government | Harvard University 2006
Work History
  • AECOM, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
  • Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles, Deputy Counsel & Chief Olympics Officer
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