Political Engagement Associate
Malik James is the Political Engagement Associate. In this role, he provides support to the Advocacy Team’s work with tracking and streamlining outreach to elected and appointed government officials, along with helping manage data entry.
The son of immigrants from Dominica, he was raised in the Hollis neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens. Malik attended Nazareth College for undergraduate study, where he obtained his B.A. in Legal Studies.
Prior to graduating, he served as Session Assistant to state Senator Jamaal T. Bailey. There, he conducted meetings with lobbyists, organization and constituents, analyzed budget asks and produced letters to Senate Leadership, and assisted the Deputy Chief of Staff with scheduling and other administrative duties. He also helped plan and moderate the 2019 Youth Summit, as part of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators annual Caucus Conference, with the focus on encouraging youth to become “change agents.”
He took a gap year to work as a paralegal for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, serving in the Financial Frauds Bureau. He also began attending community board meetings, and volunteering at Habitat for Humanity NYC to revamp dilapidated houses in southeast Queens. Malik is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration at the Baruch College - Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.