Why I’m Running

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for election to the Minneapolis School Board for District Three in 2014. Having been an active participant in the school district and surrounding community for over 6 years, I appreciate and understand what makes Minneapolis Public Schools so special and the tremendous challenges we face. I am seeking your support and your vote because I will continue to strive for a better quality education for all students and build for Minneapolis’ future.

My wife, Khadra and I have four children, ages five, four, two, and two months old. They inspire me to work for a better community and a better, more equitable school system for all families.

I have a demonstrated commitment to our community and children through my many years of experience in the employment, immigration, education and diversity fields. Years ago as a new arrival in America I was hired as a Bilingual Education Assistant for the Minneapolis Public Schools and became an adjunct faculty member at Riverland Community College in Owatonna. It was there that I received my first experiences as a member of policy-making boards.

While working as a career counselor at Owatonna’s Work Force Center, I was recruited to serve on the City of Owatonna’s Human Rights Commission and the local Allina Hospital Board of Trustees. Currently, I am a member of the English Language Learners Commission for the Minneapolis Public Schools, where I was once a participant. I have worked for US Senator Amy Klobuchar for over 6 years, currently as Senior Constituent Advocate, focusing on immigration casework and community outreach.

Over the course of eight years in India, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Computers, a Masters in Commerce, and a Masters in Business Administration. After moving to the United States, I earned a master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2007. Education has taken me around the world, enabled me to move to this great country, secure a job in the office of a U.S. Senator, and build community. I want to open the same doors of opportunity for our youth. I desire to bring these many years of education and valuable experience in policy-making, in community outreach, and in government to bear on meeting the challenges that face our school district.

I look forward to serving our district and community.


Siad Ali
Candidate for Minneapolis School Board