Meet Malcolm

Meet Representative Malcolm Kenyatta: A Third-Generation North Philadelphia Native, Thought Leader, and Legislator.


Representative Malcolm Kenyatta: Champion for Social Justice and Equality

Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, a North Philadelphia native, thought leader, and legislator, currently serves in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. He holds a B.A. in Public Communications and a minor in Political Science from Temple University, an M.S. in Strategic and Digital Communications from Drexel University, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executives in State and Local Government program.

Kenyatta has been a key leader in protecting voting rights, expanding worker protections, enacting common-sense gun safety policies, and rooting out government corruption and waste.


In the legislature, he holds multiple leadership roles, including as a member of the Philadelphia Delegation leadership team. He serves on several committees: State Government, where he chairs the subcommittee on Government Operations; Commerce, where he chairs the subcommittee on Financial Services and Banking; and as a member of the Finance, Liquor Control, and Judiciary committees.

Breaking barriers, Kenyatta became the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color and one of the youngest members of the PA General Assembly in 2018. In 2022, he made history as the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color to seek a U.S. Senate seat. In April 2024, he became the Democratic nominee for Auditor General, marking the first time an openly LGBTQ+ person was nominated for statewide office by a political party in Pennsylvania. In 2020, he was chosen to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention as part of a group of ‘Rising Stars.’

In 2023, President Joe Biden appointed Kenyatta to chair the Presidential Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans.

Throughout his career, Kenyatta has been selected for multiple prestigious fellowships and international delegations, including the Bertelsmann Leadership Fellow in the Digital Economy, American Jewish Committee (AJC) Project Interchange, and as a bipartisan Hunt/Kean Leadership Fellow in Education.

His legislative career and life have been the subject of two award-winning documentaries: “Going Forward” and the Today Show-produced feature-length film, “Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn.”

He lives in North Philadelphia with his husband, Dr. Matthew Kenyatta, and their dog, Cleo.

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