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As director of public affairs, Malika represents clients in a wide range of policy matters before state legislative and executive agencies. She is regularly called upon to advocate the interest of clients on government contracts, grant and incentive programs, and legislative and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Taft, Malika served as assistant vice president of governmental affairs with the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA). In this role, she served on the leadership team of the IMA and assisted in association management, government relations, and political engagement. During her tenure at the IMA, Malika focused on issues relating to talent development, workforce training and education, economic development, and environmental regulation to advance the interests of the industrials sector.
Further, she served as the manager of political affairs for the Indy Chamber, where she led its political action committee’s fundraising efforts and lobbied on issues impacting central Indiana’s business community before the Indiana General Assembly and the Indianapolis City-County Council. Malika’s past experience also includes service as a legislative assistant in the Republican caucus of the Indiana House of Representatives, where she provided policy assistance to three state representatives.
Malika earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at Indiana University Bloomington and she is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.
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