Award for Professional Service and Outreach
MS Public Relations and Corporate Communication (’17)
Malika Harrison, director of social responsibility for the Orlando Magic, has more than 10 years of experience in philanthropy, communications, public relations, and business strategy. Currently, she directs all aspects of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, including strategic grantmaking and fundraising. She also oversees community relations, employee volunteering, and cause marketing, which align with the Magic’s business goals.
Most notably, Harrison led the Magic’s immediate response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, by mobilizing 300 staff members, including players and coaches, to assemble hygiene kits, gather packaged food, and collect emergency supplies.
Previously, Harrison served as director of corporate responsibility for S&P Global and as vice president of the S&P Global Foundation. She developed a Center of Excellence to redefine the company’s corporate responsibility strategy, enhanced communications, and managed a nearly $7 million grant portfolio that supported STEM, workforce development, veterans, and women entrepreneurs. From 2010-2015, she held various roles at Alcoa Foundation, including community engagement manager and communications manager.
An active and dedicated champion of change in her own community, Harrison mentors youth with the Blue Nile Passage and Valencia Promise, Take Stock in Children programs. She also is part of the faculty leadership at Points of Light, on the Junior Board of Directors at Harlem Education Activities Fund, a member of the Board of Directors with United Arts of Central Florida, and Early Learning Coalition of Orange County. She is an AmeriCorps volunteer, and a life member of the National Council of Negro Women.
A native of Miami, FL, Malika holds a masters degree in public relations and corporate communication from the NYU School of Professional Studies and a bachelors degree in journalism from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL.