Ali is a nonprofit executive and City-County Councillor for Indianapolis’ Fifth District. From her activist work with organizations like Freedom Indiana to her efforts connecting people with new careers as a workforce development nonprofit executive, Ali has dedicated her life to empowering people and lifting up her community.
In her professional life, Ali has first-hand workforce development experience as the executive director of a large construction workforce development nonprofit, helping to connect people to apprenticeship programs in the building trades. Ali has helped hundreds of Indianapolis residents find jobs by leading the planning and execution of career fairs in the Circle City. As the previous Executive Director of the Indiana Transportation Association, the leading nonprofit representing mass transit in our state, Ali believes that an interconnected community benefits everyone and leads to a better Indianapolis. She is currently the executive director of a nonprofit that helps repair homes and revitalize neighborhoods in Indianapolis.
In December 2020, Ali founded the Indy Autism Project. Supported by partners such as the IMPD, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Visit Indy, Indy Chamber, IndyGo, Easterseals Crossroads and others, the project’s mission is to make Indianapolis the best city in the country for someone on the spectrum to live, work, or visit. It focuses on five pillars — public safety, parks & recreation, workforce development, mass transit, and travel & tourism — to improve safety and quality of life in Indianapolis.
Ali has been married to her husband, Zach, for more than six years and in January their son, Dylan, will celebrate his sixth birthday in Januart. Time and time again, she has proven her ability to lead our community to a better future.