Prior to joining CURA, Malik worked as a Community Organizer for the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and with Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition to promote access, equity, and community benefits of bicycle infrastructure, policy, and engagement. He also served as the Executive Director and Economic Development Organizer of North Minneapolis’ Harrison Neighborhood Association for 11 years and three years as the Director of the City of St. Paul District Planning Council 6 leading community engagement projects, racial equitable development initiatives, business development, and land use planning in both capacities.
Malik received an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts in Human Services with a minor in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Malik currently sits on the Board of Directors for Twin Cities Men’s Center and The Alliance. He has served on multiple grant review committees, Minneapolis Neighborhood Associations and Saint Paul District Planning Council boards. He is a 2004 graduate of Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing's Neighborhood Organizing Training Program, and a past member of the Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Advisory Committee.
Malik is a native of Chicago but has lived in Minnesota for over 10 years. His life has centered on community, spirituality, music and dance, his wife and son, and his love for learning, community capacity building, systems change, racial equity, and direct service.