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Malik S. Nevels, J.D. – ILAACP

Malik S. Nevels, J.D.


Executive Director

Executive Director mnevels@ilaacp.org
Malik Nevels is the Executive Director for the ILAACP where he is responsible for fundraising, board and staff development, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and fiscal management for a $1.5M+ statewide membership-based charitable organization that builds safe, healthy, and resilient African American children, families, and communities.

He has served on a number of statewide taskforces including, but not limited to, the Illinois Bullying Prevention Taskforce, State Health Improvement Plan Planning Team, and the Illinois After- School Funding Policy Taskforce. In 2011, Malik was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights – Illinois State Advisory Board.

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 commitment to 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.

Malik earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois’ College of Law. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Certificate in Strategies in Non-Profit Management from the University of Chicago. He is active in various civic organizations and professional associations including The Frogs Club and University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Association.

Where is your favorite destination in the world?
I really enjoy Jamaica. I’ve been vacationing there since I was seven years old and plan to retire there, if I can just convince my significant other.

What is your favorite quote(s)?
“It takes a little longer to do it right. It takes a lot longer to do it again.” — Author Unknown

What three things are on your bucket list?
1. Visit the Pyramids of Egypt, the Mayan and Aztec Ruins in Mexico, and the Great Wall of China.
2. Build a retirement home in Cousins Cove, Jamaica, if, again, I can just convince my significant other.
3. Start a family foundation that awards technical assistance grants to organizations that provide structured leadership opportunities for youth residing in underserved communities.