Malika Moore is a social worker who serves on YNPNdc’s Board of Directors as Managing Director. Her wide-reaching career in the nonprofit sector includes experience in youth/young adult mentorship, homelessness, family preservation, geriatric care management, group work, and psychotherapy. With a passion for motivational and public speaking, she believes in the importance of serving and elevating others. Born in Texas and raised in Alabama, her favorite thing to do in DC is to take a nighttime stroll through the National Mall. We asked Malika a few questions about what inspired her to join YNPNdc. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event!
What brought you to the nonprofit world?
Nonprofits have served an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have had the opportunity to see lives change in ways beyond financial or material measure. A nonprofit professional has so much power as an individual but a bountiful reach within a team working effectively to achieve mission driven goals and results. My life story is forever weaved with those vulnerable populations I have served and in the process I have gained, from them, lifelong lessons and wisdom.
What's your favorite thing about your job?
As a social worker, we are very resourceful whether serving in micro or macro capacity. I am always amazed and grateful at the inadvertent positive ways we touch clients and colleagues. It's always a conversation or event that I may not recall that seems to resonate most.
What do you love about volunteering with YNPNdc?
YNPNdc selected me as board member last year and it has been a much-appreciated growth of my leadership experiences and development. I have built friendships and interacted with some of the most passionate nonprofit professionals eager to serve to advance YNPNdc with their time and talent. It is refreshing to be a part of such dedication.
How have you grown at YNPNdc?
During my time with YNPNdc, I have expanded my confidence, trust, and hope as a nonprofit professional.
If you could describe YPNPNdc in one word, what would it be?
What's the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
1. Don't just talk about self-care but live it every day.
2. Sometimes the next big thing we're looking for is right there inside of us.