Malasia C. McClendon joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as a Fellow in July 2020. Malasia is a native of North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 2020. During her undergraduate experience, Malasia participated in the North Carolina General Assembly Internship Program, worked as a Research Assistant at the T.E.A.C.H. National Center, and interned with the James B. Hunt Institute. On campus, Malasia worked to create safe spaces for underrepresented populations by reactivating the campus chapter of the NAACP. Additionally, Malasia participated and led service trips internationally to teach English. Malasia is excited to work with the Foundation as it continues to serve North Carolinians and build connections with nonprofit organizations throughout the state.