Mustafa Santiago Ali

Keynote address Nov. 3, 2017 (55:16 minutes)

Mustafa Santiago Ali (photo top right) is the senior vice president of climate, environmental justice and community revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus. The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

Ali leads the strategic direction, expansion and operation of the Hip Hop Caucus’ portfolio on climate, environmental justice and community revitalization. He has conducted more than 1,000 presentations, including speeches, guest lectures and trainings. He has worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice. 

Ali joined the Hip Hop Caucus after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At the EPA, he served as the assistant associate administrator for environmental justice and senior advisor for environmental justice and community revitalization. Ali worked for EPA administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Scott Pruitt. In 2012, Mustafa launched the EPA’s Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which reached more than 100,000 followers. In 2010, Ali served as the environmental justice lead for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

Mustafa Ali was a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman John Conyers from 2007 through 2008. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law.  

He is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington, and the former co-host of the “Spirit in Action” radio show, which focused on social justice issues.

Learn more about Mustafa Ali on the Hip Hop Caucus website.