Kami D. Hart is Akimel O’Odham (Pima) and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. She currently serves as the Children’s Court Judge for the Gila River Indian Community, a position she has held since being appointed to the bench in 2008. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Hart served in the child welfare division of Tribal Social Services. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Western International University.
In 2012, Judge Hart co-founded Arizona Indian Child Welfare Committee, a group of tribal and state court judges, attorneys, and child welfare experts, with which she still co-chairs to this day. Judge Hart is currently a board member for the First Things First Regional Partnership Council and the Arizona Committee on Juvenile Courts. She also serves on various committees for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
With over 20 years of working in the child welfare field, Judge Hart is committed to improving the child welfare system for all children.