Ali joined Charlottesville Tomorrow in June 2019 as an intern. A Colorado native, Ali attends University of Virginia, where she studies Government and Media Studies while writing for The Cavalier Daily, the university’s student newspaper. She loves to focus on social justice and activism at the local level in order to encourage readers to critically examine and understand their own communities.
What makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you?
Charlottesville is the ideal mix of city and small town — I’m never bored, but not quite overwhelmed either.
Most looking forward to about working at Charlottesville Tomorrow?
I’m excited to learn more about local politics and history in Charlottesville.
Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday?
My ultimate Charlottesville Saturday would start with breakfast at Marie Bette before heading to Shenandoah National Park for a long day hike. I’d end my day with a dinner with friends on the Downtown Mall.
Favorite arts and culture venue in Charlottesville and away from Charlottesville?
In Charlottesville, I love to go to concerts at the Jefferson. Otherwise, my all-time favorite venue is Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.
Most interesting trip away from Charlottesville?
I spent a week in Greece with my family in June 2019. The food was fantastic, the people were some of the friendliest I’ve ever met, and the climate was unlike anything I’ve experienced in the US.
What’s still on your bucket list?
I someday hope to section-hike the Virginia portion of the Appalachian Trail.