Ali started working on President Barack Obama’s primary campaign in Des Moines, Iowa in March 2007, just a few weeks after he announced his candidacy. During the general election, she was the field director for Americans living abroad, the first campaign to ever have staff overseas to encourage expatriates to vote. Engaging in such a diverse sector of the electorate gave Ali a sense of the diverse problems Americans face.
After working as the field director, Ali worked as a political appointee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families for the past two and a half years. She worked on a variety of policy issues that impact low-income children, families, and communities. Ali’s work strengthened her interest in anti-poverty policies and solidified her career focus. At GSPP, she looks forward to continue focusing on domestic social policies and safety net programs for children, youth and families as well as gain a better understanding of the economic, employment, and education policies affecting these families.
Ali graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006, with a B.A. in Literature, Science and the Arts.