CHCI-Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation Intern
Hometown: Cedar Park, Texas
School: George Washington University
Major: International Studies
Placement: The Office of Rep. Tony Cardenas
Malka was born in Amarillo, Texas as the first daughter to Mexican immigrants from Puebla, Mexico. Her unique dual perspective as a Jewish Latina provides insight into both minority groups, motivating her to cultivate an interest in advocacy for the underprivileged and underrepresented. Malka is involved in both Jewish and Latino groups on campus.
Malka is a rising junior at the George Washington University studying International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Art History. As an intern at the Labor Council of Latin American Advancement, Malka was first exposed to advocacy work in the Latino community and learned the value of giving back to her community. Her interest in advocacy was further encouraged as a member of the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program at GWU, where she grew in her understanding of the importance of gender and intersectionality in politics. Malka is a passionate believer in the importance of education and empowerment and devotes her time volunteering as a tutor in an English as a Second Language class at a public high school in D.C. Ultimately, her experiences have shaped an earnest passion in advocating for the rights of Latina women.
Malka aspires to one day found her own NGO focusing on advocacy for indigenous women, a group that is often marginalized but essential to culture in Latin America. As a CHCI intern, Malka hopes to develop in her leadership skills and gain insight into advocacy and the legislative process on Capitol Hill.