Assistant Director of Policy Research and Advocacy
202-265-7500 ext. 1241
Diana Ali is currently the assistant director of policy research and advocacy at NASPA. She worked at NASPA for two years as a policy analyst before moving into the role of assistant director in August 2018. Through her service at NASPA, Diana provides timely analysis of emerging policy issues at state and federal levels, creates tools for student affairs professionals to understand and respond to these issues, and organizes and supports NASPA advocacy and civic engagement efforts.
Before working at NASPA, Diana completed two years of social work training at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services and Asian American Advancing Justice-Chicago collectively in conjunction with pursuing her Masters in Social Work (MA) and Public Policy (MPP), and graduated with her MA/MPP from the University of Chicago in 2016. During this time, Diana served on the boards of Minority Students in Public Policy, and on the advisory councils of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and LGBTQ Student Life under the Center for Identity and Inclusion.
Since moving to the area twelve years ago, Diana has been a non-profit advocate, avid volunteer, and activist in the Chicagoland community. She has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years (2011-2013) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology with minors in gender and Asian American studies from Northwestern University in 2011.