Ali is rooted in over a decade of experience in public health, birthwork, and food systems. She is the founder and Executive Director of Feed Black Futures, an organization with a mission to create a world where Black people have access to high-quality fresh food and the means and skills to produce it.
As a community organizer and facilitator with Black Youth Project 100, Ali led direct actions and community participatory research processes for communities facing carceral violence as well as food and environmental injustices in New York. She has been a keynote speaker on topics related to food sovereignty and food justice at Harvard School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, and Pitzer College.
Formerly the Director of Capacity Building with the New York City Health Department’s Center for Health Equity, Ali created policies to bring pay equity and social support to community health workers working in food, reproductive, and economic justice.
Ali is from Southern California and is the granddaughter of Jamaican immigrants. She holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University. In 2021, Ali was awarded the New Voices for Reproductive Justice Black Women Green Futures Award and in 2022 was awarded the Echoing Green Social Innovation Challenge award. She sits on the steering committee for Black Farmers Rising, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, and FEAST.