Amal Ali completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago, where she conducted original and empirical research on the acculturative experiences of Muslim American youth. Amal is currently the Director of Youth and Community Building Initiatives at Zakat Foundation (ZF), where she designs service-learning opportunities that inspire, educate, and mobilize students around human rights and social causes in the U.S., as well as in underdeveloped countries abroad. Amal also administers community building programs and youth counselor trainings at ZF, with a focus on family health and connectivity. For five years, Amal served as the Youth Development Director at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), where she facilitated a constituent-lead effort for nurturing local youth development by training teachers, mentors and youth with an emphasis on service learning, civic engagement, peace education, and interfaith collaboration. Amal has over 15 years of youth development experience and has played a leading role in designing and executing transformational programs from teen leadership excursions to student activism on university campuses across the Midwest. A public speaker, Amal inspires young audiences to recognize their vast potential as change-makers and peace-spreaders; she awakens a spiritual and cultural identity that is rooted in prophetic tradition and manifested in action for positive social change. Amal currently resides in Illinois with her two boys, who have taught her that parenting is the hardest job she will ever love!