Malika Lamont is the Program Director for VOCAL-WA and Co-Director of WA State LEAD Expansion team. She has worked to address social determinants of health for over 20 years. In September 2019, Malika received a Community Champion Award from Molina Healthcare of WA that was awarded to people whose leadership, volunteerism and public advocacy embody the spirit of service and community. She holds a bachelor’s degree at Xavier University of Louisiana as well as a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Public Health Policy and Nonprofit Management. Malika has worked as a licensed Adolescent Counselor and Family Care Coordinator in Tacoma, the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services with the Syringe Exchange Program, and as a Project Manager at the Public Defenders Association with Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. She is a founding member of the Washington Association of Syringe Service Programs and Full Circle United, and is also involved in other movements for social good.
Malika helped start the Olympia Free Clinic, is a board member of Behavioral Health Resources, and co-chairs the Thurston County Safety Net Council, and is the Vice-Chair for the Thurston Asset Building Coalition. Throughout Malika’s career and life, she has worked with vulnerable populations to increase health and improve social conditions, by being a foster parent, advocating for people and intentionally choosing positions that can create change. Malika presents as a subject matter expert for organizations, to students working to become health care professionals, and in other academic settings. She volunteers with her daughter in the community, is on the St. Martin’s BSN program advisory board and is a student mentor, is a member of Zonta International, and does street outreach as her schedule permits with Emma Goldman Youth Homeless Outreach Project EGYHOP.