Malka is the co-founder and CEO of Civity, a research/action initiative focusing on fostering relationships of respect and empathy across divides, particularly divides of race, class and culture. She has spent much of her life trying to get people to work together better in the civic context. In 1990 Malka founded the nonprofit Community Focus to facilitate more effective implementation of public policies by increasing community participation. She also served as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, developing and managing grants in the areas of conflict resolution, civic engagement and California governance reform, and was the founding managing director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University. Malka has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.