Malik Nevels is the executive director for the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) where he is responsible for fundraising, board and staff development, strategic planning, policy and advocacy, marketing and communications, and fiscal management for a $1.5M+ statewide membership-based charitable organization that builds safe, healthy, and resilient children, families, and communities.
He serves or has served on a number of local and statewide taskforces including the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, Illinois Bullying Prevention Taskforce, State Health Improvement Plan Planning Team, Illinois After School Funding Policy Taskforce, Illinois Medicaid Advisory Committee - Subcommittee on Access, Northwestern University School of Medicine’s Center for Community Health, African American Advisory Council for the University of Illinois at Chicago, and United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed Malik to the Illinois Youth Development Council.
Prior to joining the ILAACP, Malik served in various senior executive capacities for the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, Duncan YMCA, and the Chicago Urban League. He also worked for U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley, and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun. Malik often credits his concern for social justice and community building to his experience as a Public Ally in Chicago (Class of ’95) under the tutelage of First Lady Michelle Obama, then executive director for Public Allies Chicago.
Malik earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois' College of Law. During the summer of his second year in law school, Malik traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to study at the University of the Western Cape Law School and clerk for the law firm of Findlay & Tait, the second largest commercial law firm in southern Africa.
Malik also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Certificate in Strategies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago. He is active in various civic organizations and professional associations including 100 Black Men of Chicago, The Frogs Club, and University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Association.