The Pittsburgh Foundation

Khalif Ali Director of Public Policy and Advocacy


In partnership with residents, grassroots activists and political leaders, Khalif works to craft and advance a policy and advocacy agenda for the Foundation. Low-income people, youth, single parents and the African American community are at the center of his work to remove the barriers preventing people from truly taking part in the new prosperity and improved quality of life in Pittsburgh. He comes to the Foundation from The Sprout Fund, where as program manager, he led an initiative to increase understanding and use of digital badges as alternative forms of assessment. He was also director of recruitment/faculty at the CORO Center for Civic Leadership, developed outreach strategies and agency relationships at Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. and was a community organizer with Operation Better Block in Homewood, Pennsylvania. He has a graduate degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in community organizing. When he’s not at the Foundation, he is a volunteer with the Reaching Back Program, coaching male Pittsburgh Public School students in health, wellness, nutrition, exercise and meditation.