Orlando Magic’s Malika Harrison Selected to Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for Her Work in the Central Florida Community
ORLANDO - Orlando Magic's Malika Harrison was recently named to Orlando Business Journal's (OBJ) 40 Under 40 class of 2020 for her outstanding work in the community. Harrison is currently director of social responsibility for the Magic. She will be honored along with the 39 other executives at the Nov. 12 virtual celebration hosted by the OBJ.
The OBJ recognizes 40 executives in the local community for a combination of business acumen, community involvement and active family lives, all before the age of 40. The award honors the men and women in the area who have played a key role in shaping the Central Florida community. This diverse group of people hold business leadership roles in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties while also spending time working on social justice and/or charitable causes to help boost the Orlando economy. This year's award also recognizes those who have assisted the residents in need during the pandemic and have taken a stand on issues like discrimination and equality.
Harrison is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF), the team's charitable arm which serves local at-risk youth and has distributed more than $25 million over the last 30 years. In addition, she spearheads the social responsibility strategy of the team for community relations, cause marketing and philanthropy. Her community involvement includes Leadership Orlando - Class 98, Valencia College Horizon Scholars Program mentor, Foundation for Orange County Public Schools’ Read2Succeed program tutor, and serving on the inaugural onePulse Foundation Legacy Scholarship Committee.
She sits on multiple boards including Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, ELEVATE Orlando, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, United Arts of Central Florida, and Orange County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Back in August, she also received a 2020 Sportys award for Best in Social Responsibility from the Greater Orlando Sports Commission for her continuing work in the community. In 2019, she was recognized as an Emerging Leader Honoree by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Central Florida Chapter and in 2017 received New York University’s Bart Lawson Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Harrison has been with the Magic for more than three years. Prior to her work with the team she was with S&P Global and S&P Global Foundation. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University, earning her bachelor's in journalism and a Masters of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University.