Chief of Staff


Zainab Ali

Zainab Ali is Alliance's Chief of Staff, responsible for working across the organization to execute the highest-priority initiatives, facilitating Alliance's shared strategic direction throughout our school network, and leading marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Alliance, Zainab served as the Chief of Staff at the Camden City School District in Southern New Jersey. In Camden, Zainab managed the transformation of the District's organizational structure, worked to address multi-million dollar revenue shortfalls each year, and successfully reached agreements on expired labor contracts. In prior experiences, Zainab also served as special assistant to Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). During her tenure at the DOE, she was responsible for the communication, strategy, and management of key initiatives and worked on department-wide priorities including the transition to the Common Core Standards, a citywide busing strike, and coordination and preparedness during and post-Hurricane Sandy.

Zainab earned her MPA with a specialization in management from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Public Affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles.