Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Anila Ali conducted her studies in London, and there she became a volunteer in the All Pakistan Women’s Association. After moving to CA in 1996, she became an active member of the Council of Pakistan-American Affairs (COPAA) and an honorable contributor to “The Pakistan Link” which is recognized as the largest Pakistani paper in the U.S.
The city of Irvine is considered as a leader in 21st century, as it is uniquely planned,hosts a booming business community, commitment to art, recreation, environmental awareness, craft, community and philanthropic involvement, and offers state-of-the-art academics. According to Anila, all these elements help create a model city, and this is what the people of Irvine cherish, love, and stand for, including herself.
Anila truly wants to shed light upon the Irvine’s strength which is the diversity of its villages and multi-cultural population. She believes that the well planned villages are unique with individual concerns and characteristics that must be recognized. She has promised her accountability to the citizens for all the process and policies that will dictate her actions, when selected for the seat on the Irvine City Council.
Recognizing that it is a privilege to serve people as a City Council member, Anila also promises to the Irvine citizens her commitment to demonstrate accountability by opting for forums and community meetings for always listening their concerns and issues. She believes that this great city lacks at posting a united city council that can strongly act on the behalf of the residents.In addition to this, the city needs City Council that can reflect its harmonious communities because its people deserve the best.
Anila Ali shares more than 20 years of leadership experience and recognized as a trustworthy candidate running for Irvine City Council. She wants to live her dream of witnessing Irvine working again towards its extraordinary future.
Anila Ali, a Pakistani American has called Irvine, CA, her home since 1996, and announced that she is running for a council seat for the Southern California city. In accordance with her campaign page, she has advocated for Irvine’s youth, children, and families, and also served as a board member of Public School Foundation of the city. Besides this, she also ran for California’s Assembly District 74.
In 2015, Ali served as a panelist at the White House Summit on Violent Extremism, and there she shared her thoughts on countering extremism with Vice President Joe Biden. Besides participating in political activities, she has written on how to stop radicalization and encourage community building. She also founded the American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council (AMWEC).
Ali consistently writes and comments on various issues that tend to affect Muslims residing in America. She advocates for Islam, women’s rights, Muslims in America, interfaith tolerance and education. In late 2010, Anila Ali co-wrote a children’s book, named Mommy, Am I a ….? In which the subject is bullying, interfaith and the discussion about children’s misunderstandings of distinct backgrounds. In addition, the book has been used by school districts in the United States for open discussions about cultural understanding and tolerance.
Talking about her parents, they were highly influenced by democratic ideals. From her early age, she believed in people equality regardless of their color, creed, race, gender, etc. She learned well from her loving father, who was a journalist and diplomat. Besides this, her mother who was a teacher and philanthropist also played an influential role in Anila’s life. According to Anila Ali, she is the best of both of her parents which reflects from the fact that she is a renowned author, excellent middle school teacher, and esteemed community leader.
Raised in the Karachi region of Pakistan, Anila Ali has made America her home for more than 20 years. A proud citizen of Orange County, she is a married woman, blessed with two beautiful children.This enables her to understand the issues that working families of CA face.
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Anila’s parents were highly influenced by democratic ideals and from an early age,they taught her to believe in people equality regardless of their race, color, creed, gender, etc.She learned many things from her loving father, who was a journalist and diplomat. A teacher and philanthropist, her mother played an influential role in Anila’s life. She is the best of both, as she is a brilliant middle school teacher, renowned author, and esteemed community leader.
Serving as the Orange County Chair of the International Leadership Forum (ILF),she has made remarkable efforts to not only inspire young people but also empower them to actually recognize the civic and political leadership value. Also abbreviated as ILF,it offers assistance to prepare its fellows to become leaders in cultural, academic, community, business, public arenas, and professional.
As a career educator, Anila Ali is a supporter of education as well as equal access. She decided to go for Irvine City Council because of her sheer passion for civic engagement that includes serving the Youth and Families Advisory Board, City of Irvine Strategic Plan for Children,and Irvine Public Schools Foundation Board of Trustees.She believes that children are the future and they are going on to be strong advocates for the policies that support good schools, healthy communities, economic empowerment and access for all.