Mustafa Santiago Ali is a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on social justice issues with specific focuses on environmental justice, sustainability and community revitalization. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization at Hip Hop Caucus, a national nonprofit connecting the hip hop community to the civic process.
Mr. Ali is the former Associate Assistant Administrator for Environmental Justice at the US Environmental Protection Agency and former senior advisor to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Environmental Justice. During his time with EPA, Mr. Ali served as a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and as the designated federal official for the Nationally Consistent Environmental Justice Screening Approaches Work Group of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). He also served as the National Training Manager for the Office of Environmental Justice, during which time he led an effort to expand fundamental knowledge about environmental justice impacts on vulnerable communities. Mr. Ali has worked with communities both domestically and internationally to secure environmental, health, and economic justice for the most vulnerable populations.
In addition to his work with EPA, Mr. Ali served as a Brookings Institute Congressional Fellow in the office of Congressman John Conyers, where he focused on foreign policy in Africa and South America, Homeland Security, Health Care, Appropriations and Environmental Justice. He is currently making headlines as an advocate of environmental justice amidst a changing administration.