Ali was born and raised in Northern Iowa. Upon graduating from Newman Catholic High School, she was recruited to swim at Iowa State University. During her time at Iowa State, a teammate invited her to attend The Salt Company – the place where she would find community and accept the Gospel for the first time. During her time at Iowa State, God changed her heart to wanting to work in ministry instead of pursuing a Law Degree. After a transforming four years, she graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. In her free time she enjoys swimming, running and crafting.