After spending much of her formative years in England, in 1996 she relocated to Orange County, California in the United States. Ali's early years in America set the course for her future. She regularly volunteered in her children's schools and volunteered educational guidance to new families moving to Irvine. She was regularly seen mentoring newer immigrants on education, housing, and community services. Ali's passion for education led her to Lakeside Middle School, Irvine where she taught as a Resource Aide and then, encouraged by her colleagues, attended college to pursue a teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Education from Concordia University, Irvine. After
teaching in Irvine’s Myford Elementary, Culverdale Elementary, and substitute teaching at University High, she decided to teach English and Journalism at a public school in South Bay. Her association with her city remained active as she joined the Irvine Public Schools Foundation and served on the board for many years until she ran for office in 2014. To help IPSF raise funds for critical programs including art and music, Ali founded Irvine Pakistan Parents Association, IPPA (www.ippa.weebly.com) with the goal of raising money through the promotion of Arts and Culture of South Asia. Her organization has engaged hundreds of parents in the American art of volunteerism. https://ipsf.net/newsletters/09winter.pdf Ali’s organization captured the attention of Hollywood. For the “Fashions of the Indus” show, she brought in top fashion designer, Pakistani Amir Adnan, Emirates Airlines, and Hollywood celebrity Jermaine Jackson. Another IPPA fashion show, at Bellasco Theater, Hollywood, brought in Hollywood names, Suraya Fadel, Faran Tahir, Iqbal Theba. Jeopardy Challenge, an event engaging kids from all over OC was started by IPPA. This brought different communities together and helped raise money for IPSF. Recognizing support from the community, she started the first cricket T20 Tournament in Irvine to raise money for Irvine schools. Cricket, a game enjoyed by many cultures, brought the Irvine community together in multicultural harmony.