The Coalition is very excited to welcome Malik Holt as our new Community Organizer! Malik will be supporting the Bikeways for Everyone campaign by coordinating volunteers and doing outreach among other things.
Before joining the Coalition, Malik served as the Executive Director and Economic Development Organizer of North Minneapolis’s Harrison Neighborhood Association for 11 years leading community engagement projects, racial equity/equitable development initiatives, business development, and land use planning. Prior to being a Minneapolis neighborhood association executive director, he was a Program Director/Community Organizer for the City of St. Paul’s North End & South Como area District 6 Planning Council.
Malik currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, a 30 year old foundation that funds and strategically supports organizations that fight injustice in local communities through authentic community organizing and systems change. He is a long-standing member on the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs’ (CURA) Kris Nelson Grant Review Committee, in addition to the newly formerly Twin Cities EquityNow! regional organizing coalition. Malik’s further professional experience include a variety of fields working with and serving in diverse communities. These experiences include: Emergency Services Director Rockford Illinois Red Cross, Milwaukee SEIU (Local 150) Labor liaison, and several years spent coordinating and supervising the State of Minnesota Higher Education Services Office’s AmeriCorps/Get Ready! program, a federally and state funded national and community service program enacted by federal legislation in the early 1990s. In addition to being an actual AmeriCorps statewide leader for the Illinois Red Cross Disaster Services for several years.
He finished his education at the University of Minnesota at Morris (UMM) with an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts in Human Services with a minor in sociology. He also has a Mini Masters in Real Estate from St Thomas University’s Opus College of Business.
Malik is a native of Chicago, Illinois. But he has lived in Minnesota for over 13 years while going back and forth working for non-profits in Wisconsin and Illinois. His life has centered around community, spirituality, arts (music and dance), his wife and son, and his love for learning and community capacity building & direct service.