Malikah Berry brings more than 18 years of experience managing the programming and operations of national and local nonprofits, and quasi-governmental organizations. Malikah is currently the chief program officer at Points of Light. In this role she is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational management for the economic opportunity and excellence in education programs that apply the power of volunteer action and make a measurable impact in America’s communities. She manages an aggregate program budget of $5.5 million that includes five federal grants and 170 AmeriCorps members.
Prior to Points of Light, Malikah was the deputy director/development director with Atlanta Victim Assistance, the primary victim services provider for the City of Atlanta Municipal Court and the Atlanta Police Department. During her tenure with AVA, Malikah strengthened the fundraising infrastructure, provided operational leadership to enhance technology, data collection and evaluation, marketing and program management.
Earlier in her career Malikah served as manager of executive affairs for The King Center, the living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In that role, she shepherded strategic initiatives for the managing director, president/CEO and founder, Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Those projects included reviving the membership network of national and international King-relate, securing participation of 23 states and more than 500 nonprofits or government entities, negotiating $1 million in co-branded advertising and the coordinating the center’s support of Smithsonian SITES King-inspired traveling exhibition.
Being afforded the extraordinary opportunity to work with Mrs. King and other civil rights legends has greatly shaped Malikah’s beliefs.
Malikah grew up in Atlanta and continues to make her home there with her husband and son. She studied political science, at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.