Chief Program Officer
Summit Public Schools
Malia is the chief program officer at Summit Public Schools, where she leads a team focused on improving the way in which schools educate students with disabilities and students who are learning English. Malia has worked at Summit since 2014, when she joined to launch Summit’s expansion to Washington State, Seattle’s first charter high school. She considers herself fortunate to have started a diverse, community-oriented school with a team of incredibly talented, loving educators and courageous students and families.
Prior to joining Summit, Malia worked alongside and learned from committed school leaders of the Noble Network in Chicago at Muchin College Prep. She began her teaching career in the Bronx where the incredible young people in her classes taught her the magic that can happen in a classroom and the transformational possibility of school when we get it right. Malia was born on Kauai and connects her deep belief in the power of diversity to growing up in a culturally rich and diverse place. Malia is an alum of Seattle University and Columbia University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sweet and energetic sons.