Dr. Sakeena Ali is an educator and a lifelong learner. Her goals are to empower those in need and help others reach their highest potential. 

She has been working the education field for 20+ years and has experience with all ages and backgrounds. Her experience working with international students in the US inspires her to continue to learn about others. Her background studying abroad, working in the US and overseas, and visiting 30+ countries brings a unique perspective to her work. 

Dr. Ali received her Ed.D. in educational leadership from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where her research focused on building professional learning communities within educational organizations to better achievements of students, faculty and staff. 

Growing up with immigrant parents who began their life adventures by moving across the globe gave Dr. Ali the enthusiasm to embrace all that life has to offer. She earned a B.A. in human development and history, with a minor in education, at UC San Diego, where she studied abroad on Semester at Sea. She met people from around the world and learned about their cultures. After graduating, she continued to work internationally, teaching English language skills to cruise ship workers. She subsequently served in Peace Corps Ukraine and completed a TESOL Master’s International degree through American University. Shortly after serving she was an English language fellow in Turkey for two years. She has presented at many English Language Teaching (ELT) conferences and facilitated workshops in the US and abroad. 

Dr. Ali’s love for people and cultures around the world brought her back to Peace Corps, where she helps others gain the opportunity to see and better understand the world they live in. In October 2017, she began as a field- based recruiter for the Los Angeles area, including Santa Barbara and Ventura County. In this role, she presents Peace Corps opportunities through class talks, panel discussions, information sessions, and other events in order to encourage those who have a passion to serve disadvantaged communities abroad. She also meets with individuals to help them through the application process and at times acts as a career mentor. Additionally, she works as a staging facilitator, preparing departing volunteers for an extraordinary two years of service abroad. 

Peace Corps and Rotary International have common values and have been working together for years. Today we are going to learn more about the Peace Corps as well as how Rotary members and Return Peace Corps volunteers can work together in supporting sustainable projects in communities of need abroad. Dr. Sakeena Ali is a return Peace Corps volunteer and she will share about her experiences in the Peace Corps as well as discuss the Partnership between Rotary and Peace Corps.