Team Member

Maleka Lawrence

Maleka Lawrence

Managing Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Maleka has left The Education Trust for her next adventure. Though she is no longer at Ed Trust, we maintain this bio page as a record of the wonderful work she contributed while with us.

In leading development for Ed Trust, Maleka guides our efforts to forge productive relationships that ensure sustainability and help advance the organization’s mission. Previously, Maleka served as director of development at Harlem RBI, a youth development organization in New York City. Under her leadership, Harlem RBI nearly doubled its revenue, launched a $20 million capital campaign, and implemented a rebranding plan. Earlier, Maleka was a development associate at The Family Center in New York City and served as a clinical social worker, assisting families affected by life-threatening illnesses. Maleka received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from American University and her master of social work degree from New York University. She also completed Columbia University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management certificate program in nonprofit leadership.


I am a wealth of information about random pop culture, especially from the ‘80s and ‘90s. I can usually remember who “that guy” from “that sitcom” is; I know the lyrics to countless one-hit wonders of many genres.

What drew you to education?

School helped open the doors for me to the rest of the world. I loved learning new things, and the more I learned, the more I felt a sense of what was possible for me. My education built my confidence and gave me purpose, and I want all children to feel they have something to offer to their communities and the world.