About ICF

Lara Malakoff

Senior Manager, Community Development
Lara is a community development expert with 15 years of experience supporting federal programs that promote thriving communities, high-quality housing, and economically self-sufficient families.

Lara provides technical assistance, data analysis, and management support to federal programs that promote thriving communities. These programs include the Office of Community Services Division of Community Discretionary and Demonstration Programs Community and Economic Development and Rural Community Development grants, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods and Moving to Work programs.

Previously, as a member of our broadband team, Lara supported business, economic development, and citizen engagement efforts to facilitate broadband implementation in rural areas of the U.S. She led a broadband economic impact and feasibility study in rural Washington State and provided training and technical assistance to two states—Idaho and Wyoming—under the State Broadband Initiative.

Lara brings a strong focus on precise, user-friendly communication products designed and targeted specifically to the audience. Before joining our organization, Lara was a senior associate for outreach in the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for Research and Innovation. In this role, she developed and executed strategies to disseminate publications to NLC’s membership of city leaders and staff and served as a content editor for all research and policy publications developed by the center.

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), Virginia Tech
  • B.A., The George Washington University
  • Zhang, X., et al. (2017). Strengthening organizational capacity and practices for high-performing nonprofit organizations: Evidence from the National Assessment of the Social Innovation Fund—a public-private partnership. Public Administration Quarterly, 41.3, 424-461.
  • Malakoff, L. & Pershing, J. (2017). Issue Brief #8: Sustaining Evidence-Based Work after the SIF. (Prepared for the Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Evaluation). Fairfax, VA: ICF.
  • Malakoff, L. & Griffith, J. (2016). Issue Brief #7: Scaling Programs and Growing Impact with the Social Innovation Fund. (Prepared for the Corporation for National and Community Service, Office of Research and Evaluation). Fairfax, VA: ICF International.
  • Rackliff, J., Heiman, P., Bates, K., & Malakoff, L., “Broadband in Tribal Communities: Creating Opportunities for Development and Growth.” Fairfax, VA, ICF International, 2014.
  • Bates, K., Malakoff, L., Kane, S., & Pulidindi, J., “Closing the Digital Divide: Promoting Broadband Adoption Among Underserved Populations.” Fairfax, VA, ICF International, 2012