Ali (she/her) is a strategic problem-solver able to successfully manage and accomplish aggressive goals under time and resource constraints. She draws from extensive experience in applied and academic research, education, and human rights work to support mission-driven organizations in their efforts to lead total quality management efforts, measure and demonstrate impact, evaluate programming, amplify participant voices, build strong evidence-based solutions, develop and test innovative interventions, and ultimately combat systemic inequities.
Ali has over fifteen years of experience working in nonprofits, both domestically and internationally, in roles ranging from direct service staff to leadership in a $50M organization. Her content area expertise began in education and immigration and has expanded to the more macro poverty and human rights categories.
Prior to joining La Piana, Ali was on staff at the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights in Chicago. Most recently, she served there as the Associate Director of Quality and Performance Improvement with Heartland Human Care Services, and she was previously the Senior Project Manager of Evidence-Based Learning for Heartland’s Social IMPACT Research Center. Ali has also worked as an Evidence-Based Researcher for the International Rescue Committee and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the U.S. State Department/U.S. Embassy in Ecuador.
Ali did her graduate work in Educational Curriculum and Instruction, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago focused on Literacy, Language, and Culture and a M.Ed. from Portland State University focused on Language Arts and Humanities. She received her B.A. in English and Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Kansas and also studied Spanish Language and Literature at the Universidad de Barcelona.