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K. Malaika Walton, CAE

K. Malaika Walton, CAE

Senior Associate mwalton@amsamc.com 202.495.3126 LinkedIn Profile


  • Serves as the Membership and Program Director for the GridWise Alliance (GWA) and the Life Insurance Settlements Association (LISA).
  • Specializes in achieving strategic outcomes and non-profit governance.
  • Earned an MA in International Service from American University, an MA in Journalism from UC Berkeley, and a BA in International Affairs from Princeton University.

Malaika joined AMS in 2021, to serve as the Membership and Program Director for the GridWise Alliance (GWA) and the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA). She brings to AMS 20+ years’ experience developing and implementing global strategies and achieving strategic outcomes in associations, non-profit organizations, and the US Government.

With 6 years of direct membership association management experience, Malaika has worked closely with 15 Boards of Directors, including their committees and task forces. She thrives on collaborating with senior volunteer leadership to develop and operationalize vision and strategy, and has successfully implemented strategic and tactical initiatives, including focused outreach workshops, conference planning, membership drives and board election processes.

Prior to launching her non-profit career, Malaika served for 20+ years in the Foreign Service, with assignments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Malaika lives in Reston, VA. She is a proud dance mom who finds joy in the noise, crowds and enthusiasm of dance competitions. She is also an active volunteer in non-profit groups, including the Princeton Club of Washington, the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, AMPS, a non-profit organization supporting competitive dancers, and Coming to the Table.