Born and reared in Compton, California, Micah Ali brings a keen grasp of the complex issues facing urban schools to help champion working families, students and urban communities by responding effectively to educational inequities based upon racial, ethnic and socio-economic differences. Currently serving his 12th year on the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees, Mr. Ali operates at the nexus of business and government, where he specializes in developing and promoting successful and mutually beneficial public-private partnerships. Dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap, permanently dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and addressing these challenges on multiple formats, Ali also serves on the California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory (RIPA) Commission. He is also the inaugural-president of the California Association of Black School Educators – an organization spanning traditional schools, charters and community colleges for the singular purpose of educational equity for Black students; and is Chair-Emeritus of the Council of Urban Boards of Education.
In the past, Ali also served on the Board of Directors for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and National School Boards Association (NSBA). Recognizing the structures that perpetuate inequality in education, through this latter position, he was responsible for creating and pushing NSBA’s vision for educational equity, addressing assumptions about how students of color learn and creating opportunities for more children to succeed nationwide. Ali received his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills and earned his Master of Arts in Education School Administration from Loyola Marymount University.