Malika Conner is the Lead Organizer at ALIGN. Malika came to ALIGN after serving as a campaign coordinator for Jobs to Move America, where she brought together a coalition of community, labor, and workforce development groups to advocate for good transportation manufacturing jobs in New York State. During her time at Jobs to Move America, Malika also managed a successful policy campaign that resulted in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s adoption of the U.S. Employment Plan on a $3 billion subway car purchase, the largest in the agency’s history.
Malika previously spent three years as an organizer with the Flatbush Tenant Coalition, where she supported low-income tenants in the fight to preserve affordable housing in New York City. Her work with the Coalition included managing a community organizing initiative at one of the largest privately-owned housing complexes in Brooklyn, creating a workshop series on anti-oppressive organizing, developing grassroots leadership, and running tenants’ rights campaigns. Malika also gained experience in electoral politics as a field organizer for Dell Smitherman’s New York State Senate campaign in 2014.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in development sociology from Cornell University and a master’s degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where she majored in community organizing, planning, and development.