An award winning, tenured strategist in diversity & inclusion, Malia Lazu has sparked deep economic development and investment in urban entrepreneurship for over twenty years.
She is currently a lecturer in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is the founder & CEO of The Urban Labs, and she previously served as EVP and Regional President at Berkshire Bank, where she worked to generate wealth for communities by expanding access to capital and spurring economic growth – especially in communities of color that have traditionally been left behind.
Malia began her career as a political organizer and bridge-builder founding Mass VOTE, a statewide voter engagement campaign. She has led culture-shifting campaigns for the actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, as well as businessmen and philanthropists like Peter Lewis and George Soros.
She currently sits on the boards of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Revolutionary Spaces, Chica Project and the Nation Magazine Editorial Board. She was named one of Essence Magazine’s 50 founders to watch in 2017, Boston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business in 2019, and most recently was named in Boston Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Bostonians publishing in 2021.