Ali is originally from West Columbia, SC and received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Presbyterian College followed by a Master's Degree in Public Administration from College of Charleston, where she focused on nonprofit management and social justice. She has served in various nonprofit roles, including Director of Development for the ACLU of SC and Program Officer at the Coastal Community Foundation of SC where she facilitated the awarding of more than $1.5M annually across a nine-county service area and developed expertise in organizational equity and inclusion.
In her role as Awareness and Advocacy Manager at Center for Women, Ali created and executed the organization’s first advocacy platform and programming targeted at advancing the status of women in South Carolina. She is returning to the ACLU after directing a learning incubator for College of Charleston Master of Public Administration students who provide research and capacity to nonprofit organizations and municipalities throughout the Charleston region. Ali serves on the City of Charleston's Commission on Women, the Board of Charleston Legal Access, and is a Policy Advisor and 2019-20 Summit Planning Committee Member with the Women's Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN).