Upon completing a two-year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu returned to Boston to build nonprofit models for the 21st century. With over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement, Malia felt the nonprofit industry is no longer creating safe spaces for humans to create change together and is in need of disruption. This led to the creation of Future Boston Alliance and currently Epicenter Community, organizations working to change the world by being intentional when building diverse communities and celebrating the beautiful ways we are different.
Over the last few years Malia Lazu has created and led several signature programs. Accelerate Boston, a startup accelerator encouraging entrepreneurs in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan to start their own businesses. Now on its fourth year, Accelerate Boston has helped 16 businesses open and thrive. Juneteenth at the MFA, is a celebration of African American freedom. This annual event attracts 4,000 diverse people. The passion and success of Ms. Lazu’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine. In addition to her extensive work advocating for economic justice, Malia Lazu has created campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed civil-rights activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor. Malia sits on The Nation Magazine editorial board.