Ali partners with foundations, nonprofits, and public agencies at the intersection of learning, evaluation, and strategy. She is passionate about driving social change through the support of data and evaluation and brings empathy, rigor, and creativity to her work with clients and communities. Ali is particularly inspired by qualitative and human-centered approaches to design and evaluation.
Ali began her career working on the frontlines of social change as a college counselor in East Harlem, New York. She then pursued a master’s degree in social work in order to gain the content knowledge needed to help individuals, families, and communities thrive. Over the course of her graduate studies, she gained new tools for understanding social issues and learned how data can be used to drive social change. For the past several years, Ali has worked as a consultant who brings a lens of collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation to her work with clients. In the years before joining Engage R+D, Ali provided evaluation and learning support to organizations from various sectors, including youth development, workers’ rights, and juvenile justice. Ali also is adept at assisting philanthropic organizations in learning about the impact of their grantmaking at the programmatic, community, and systems levels.
Ali offers expertise in community-based participatory action research, particularly with youth, and seeks out opportunities to equitably involve community members and other stakeholders in the research process. She has professional proficiency in Spanish.
Master of Social Work, Hunter College
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English, Boston College