Sehreen Noor Ali works for the U.S. Department of State, where she coordinates global Muslim engagement for public diplomacy as outlined in President Obama’s speech in Cairo in June 2009. Previously, she led digital outreach efforts to Iran and to other countries in the Middle East. She entered the State Department through the Presidential Management Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to work at the U.S. Mission to UNESCO in Paris, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, and the U.S. Consulate-General in Dubai. In 2009, she co-founded DC Muslim Feds, a professional network that connects Muslims working full-time for the federal government.
Her passion lies in human development, and she received her B.A. in development studies from Brown University and her Ed.M in international education policy from Harvard University. Her interest in South/Central Asia and the Middle East led her to do research and development work in Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Syria during her two-year graduate program in Islamic studies from the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
She is involved in the Shi’a Imami Ismaili Muslim community, where she focuses on youth and young women’s development and community service programs.