Ismail Ali

Director of Talent Initiatives

As the Director of Talent Initiatives at the Minnesota Technology Association, Ismail leads a range of initiatives and programs aimed at strengthening Minnesota’s Tech Talent ecosystem. He oversees the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Program (MnAiC), Jumpstart, and Tech Careers 1.0. Ismail also guides the ACE Leadership Program, facilitates employer engagement partnerships, and orchestrates MnTech’s annual Tech Talent conference. Before joining MnTech, Ismail held roles as a Community Manager at Kindly, contributed to Twin Cities PBS’s content team, and held a variety of community engagement-centered roles that supported our state’s East African community. Ismail earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from St. John’s University and a Master of Science in Media Ventures from Boston University’s College of Communication. Beyond his professional endeavors, Ismail finds joy in playing basketball, going for runs, spending time with friends and loved ones, and exploring new restaurants.

Ismail Ali, Director of Talent Initiatives