Born in Los Angeles to a Buddhist musician and an Italian flight attendant, Ali is an archaeologist, musician, West Coast Director for the Anne Frank Center, Holocaust museum tour guide, Chapter Head for The Satanic Temple's Los Angeles chapter, writer, illustrator, photographer, DJ, aquarium enthusiast and cat mom. She studied Anthropology at UCLA, and has had her writing and art published in magazines and academic journals around the world. Her research brought her to excavate at various Classic Maya sites in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. Ali co-founded annual music festival LA Psych Fest, and has worked with various organizations including Playing For Change, ChangeFire and Cornerstone Orphanages in Central America, and Voice of Roma.