Policy and Government Outreach Manager, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Iman Ali grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky and brings a unique perspective as a Muslim woman of color from rural America. Her Muslim and Kentucky roots are key drivers behind her advocacy work. Iman continues to promote causes that not only provide a safer and sustainable atmosphere but serve as a catalyst for a moral society. Her background centers around the importance of justice and equality. In her time at the University of Kentucky, she devoted herself to learning about the struggles of marginalized communities. Graduating with a double major in Health, Society & Populations and Political Science and minors in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. Iman has a vested interest in uplifting voices of those who have historically been silenced which is why she pursued a master’s degree from Harvard University which allowed her to further broaden her knowledge of Public Policy and Government. She has most recently been accepted into the Vanderbilt Divinity School where she is a candidate to receive a Master’s in Theological Studies with an emphasis on Social Activism and Politics. In 2018, Iman served as an intern for the Committee of Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives where she worked extensively with the FSGG Committee. In 2019, Iman returned to Capitol Hill to serve as a Policy Fellow for the Rules and Administration Committee in the U.S. Senate. During her time in the U.S. Senate Iman was responsible for managing a project with the Brookings Institute which aimed to assist communities of low socioeconomic status to register to vote. Following her time on Capitol Hill, Iman was selected as a fellow for the BA Women’s Alliance Empowher Fellowship in Washington D.C. where she was 1 of 40 women selected to undergo a rigorous six-week leadership training. Most recently, Iman was selected to serve in the inaugural class of the Ignite Change fellowship sponsored by Emily’s List. Iman’s current role at the Muslim Public Affairs Council includes managing the Congressional Leadership Development Program and engaging in outreach to Capitol Hill and other public officials. Iman hopes to continue to learn from others and share her experiences about life in Eastern Kentucky.