Malik Nevels, J.D; P.M.P.
Executive Project Manager, Safer Foundarion
Co-Chair of the African American Advisory Council
Malik Nevels is the Executive Project Manager for the Safer Foundation, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed to help people with criminal records secure and maintain jobs. Working closely with Safer Foundation’s CEO and Board of Directors, Malik is responsible for leading, planning, tracking, and coordinating high level projects for a workforce development organization with a $25M+ annual operating budget and 300+ staff located across 8 sites in Illinois and Iowa.
Prior to joining the Safer Foundation, Malik served in various senior-level executive capacities for the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention, 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 former First Lady Michelle Obama, then executive director for Public Allies Chicago.
Malik earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law. Malik also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Certificate in Strategies in Non-Profit Management from the University of Chicago, and a Project Management Professional Certificate from the Project Management Institute. He is active in various civic organizations and professional associations including 100 Black Men of Chicago and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.