Malia is a Seattle-area native passionate about global health and communications that drive impact. Her infectious disease lab research experience sparked her interest in the need for global cooperation and collaboration in the name of global health—something that the pandemic has made abundantly clear. As she progressed in academia, Malia realized that rigorous science can only improve health if it is communicated to drive action and change. As a result, she changed gears to work at Minerva Strategies. This boutique communications firm is dedicated to working with nonprofits, NGOs, foundations, and others in the pro-social space, using smart communications to create positive change.
In her free time, she enjoys learning Japanese, running, and any movement resembling her days as a gymnast.
Malia earned a BS in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University, focusing on Human Development and Global Infectious Diseases.