Ali believes deeply in the creation of unique learning journeys, especially as they connect to the transformational role that institutions can play as leaders in emergent changemaking. Ali brings experience in community building, higher education, and transformative leadership to the Ashoka U team. Previously, Ali was based in Boston working with the Learning by Giving Foundation and Northeastern University (her alma mater) to accelerate national student grantmaking opportunities in higher ed and to launch the first-ever MOOC for effective charitable giving. In her hometown of the Hudson Valley, Ali co-founded the Ascienzo Family Foundation and serves as a director of foundation initiatives. She especially gravitates to education-based innovation, having worked for social enterprises like DonorsChoose.org and Room to Read. Living in service to others is Ali’s lifelong commitment — she is always eager to collaborate in ways that support the work and missions of fellow changemakers.