New Chief Human Resources Officer Brings a Love of Non-Profit Work to the Job
By Julie Zweig
Daniel Cox Malyszka, the new Shalom Austin chief human resources officer, has a long history in the field.
Cox Malyszka grew up in Lakewood, California, and moved to the Riverside/San Bernadino area at the age of 10. When he got older, he worked there for a mortgage company as director of marketing, and later, chief operating officer.
"In that role I was in charge of marketing, finance, technology and HR," he said. "I had never had formal HR training, but I realized the piece that I liked most in that job was doing human resources, the people interaction, the training and working on employee benefits."
During the mortgage crisis, the company faced challenges. Cox Malyszka wanted to focus on HR, so he took this opportunity to go back to school to study it.
While in school, he began working as an HR manager for the Girl Scouts and went on to become a vice president.
"I loved it, and found my passion in working in the non-profit sector."
After five years with Girl Scouts, Cox Malyszka moved to Austin to be closer to his cousins.
"I came to Austin on vacation and to visit my family. While I was here, I enjoyed the city so much I decided to move to Texas as fast as I could. I flew back home, put my condo up for rent, rented an apartment in Austin, packed up my car and drove back two weeks later," he said.
He found a job with Better Business Bureau, and while he was there he used the company's continuing education opportunities to join a non-profit leadership and management program. Through this program, Cox Malyszka learned about SAFE Alliance where he later worked as the HR director. He then became the chief HR officer and still supports their program that oversees supervised visitation and exchanges for non-custodial parents.
"At SAFE Alliance, it was a very tough, yet meaningful mission working with issues of child, domestic and sexual violence," he explained. "After working in this area for four years, I wanted to find meaningful work in a Jewish non-profit aligning with my cultural and spiritual interests and faith."
Cox Malyszka converted to Judaism a few years ago.
"What has always impressed me the most about the Jewish faith is how welcoming and inclusive it is," he said.
He is now a member of Temple Beth Shalom.
Cox Malyszka is excited to join Shalom Austin. He wants to help the work culture with new systems and processes and has already started the Culture Club.
"It's a collaboration of various staff members who will share their thoughts and insights about what's working and what's not working and what they think could be changed," he said.
Every non-profit Cox Malyszka has worked for has gone on to win a local and national award, and his hope is that he can get Shalom Austin there too.