With an interest in design, planning, and social studies—more specifically how one’s built environment influences behavior and thinking—Malaysia was initially drawn to the science and creative nature of architecture and design. Born and raised in the Atlanta area, she decided to pursue a B.F.A. in interior design with a concentration on designing for sustainability at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Malaysia became aware that these fields, when combined, present opportunities to make an impact, inspire, and improve the lives of others. She began seeking opportunities in which she could combine and apply her knowledge of design with policy, social innovation, and community development.
After having the opportunity to design sustainable solutions and volunteer with various non-profit organizations, she knew she wanted to be directly involved in the advancement, advocacy, and implementation of sustainability efforts.
As a former athlete, she appreciates the nimbleness and clarity that comes with being active, especially outdoors. Malaysia enjoys hiking, biking and lounging in the park, trying various foods, and discovering new music.