Mustafa Santiago Ali has been a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator on Social Justice Issues for over 20 years with a specific focus on the issue of Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Energy Equity, Infrastructure and Community Revitalization. During that time Mustafa has given over 1,000 presentations and trainings across the country. He has also worked with over 500 communities on both the domestic and international front to secure environmental, health and economic justice. Mustafa’s focus is on moving our most vulnerable communities from, “Surviving to Thriving”.
Mustafa began working on Social Justices issues as a student and is a founding member of the U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He has played major role in the design and implementation of many of EPA’s most successful programs focused on environmental justice and community revitalization and is recognized as one of the leading thought leaders on these critical issues.
He currently serves as the new Senior Vice President at the Hip Hop Caucus where he leads their work on Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization.
He most recently served as the Assistant Associate Administrator and Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization at EPA. In this role Mustafa helped to elevate EJ issues to the highest levels of the EPA and worked across Federal Agencies to integrate and strengthen EJ policies, programs and initiatives.
He also lead the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG) which is made up of 17 federal agencies and White House Offices. The IWG is focused on breaking down silos and implementing holistic community-based collaborative strategies to address the impacts and opportunities that exist in our most vulnerable, overburdened, and under resourced communities. In his previous role he also advised the White House on Environmental and Climate Justice issues.
Mr. Ali is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington. He is a guest lecturer at universities and colleges across the country including, Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law. In addition to lecturing at academic institution, Mr. Ali has presented on Capitol Hill, and for the White House. He is the former Co-host of the “Spirit in Action” radio show which focused on social justice issues.