Mrs. Akosua Ali is the President of the NAACP Washington, DC Branch and member of the National Board of Directors. At 35, Mrs. Ali is one of the youngest Presidents of an NAACP Branch throughout the nation. As President, Mrs. Ali works to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination in the District of Columbia. The strategic priorities for her administration include advocating for equal access to employment, financial literacy, health and wellness, equal access to high quality education and voter empowerment. She leads the implementation of programs administered by 20 standing committees, including Climate, Criminal Justice, Economic, Education, Finance, Fundraising, Health, Housing, International Affairs, Labor, Legal Redress, Membership, Political Action, Public Relations, Religious Affairs, Veteran Affairs, Women in NAACP (WIN), Young Adults, Youth Works, and the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). Akosua Ali is also a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.
President Ali has led the NAACP in processing over 300 discrimination complaints, since 2010. In 2011, President Ali testified before DC City Council in support of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Designation Act of 2011, hosted the NAACP Region VII Conference, and conducted various programs including a Health Fair, Religious Leaders HIV/AIDS Discussion, Campus to Career Panel Discussion, Health Forum, Veterans Forum, Financial Management Workshop, Healthy Eating Nutrition Workshop and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Civic Engagement Training.
During her tenure with the NAACP, Akosua Ali has served in numerous positions. From 2008 to 2010, she served as Second Vice President of the DC Branch. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Young Adults Chair and Assistant Secretary of the DC Branch. From 2001 to 2003, Akosua served as President of the Johnson & Wales University NAACP College Chapter. Her accomplishments include implementing a series of initiatives in celebration of the NAACP’s 100th anniversary, including town hall forums, health symposiums, professional development workshops, HIV awareness trainings, voter registration drives and education forums.
Mrs. Ali holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mrs. Ali is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a service sorority. Akosua was initiated into the Lambda Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 2003. Today, Akosua Ali is an active member of the Washington, DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mrs. Ali is also a chartering member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blacks In Government (BIG) Chapter.
Akosua Ali is a native of Washington, DC. Mrs. Ali attended Ujamaa Shule and graduated from School Without Walls, Senior High School in Washington, DC. Akosua was born to parents Kofi Tyus and Shirley Suber-Tyus among four siblings, including Andre, Yao, Ama, and Aba Tyus. Akosua Ali is married to Mustafa Santiago Ali and they reside in Ward 7 of Washington, DC.