From Town Square to City Hall: Maine’s first elected African born Muslim immigrant’s journey from community organizing to policy making and lessons learned
Pious Ali, a Youth and Community Engagement Specialist at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, has spent the better part of his life focused on community engagement.He is is the first African-born Muslim American to be elected to public office in Maine, becoming a member of the city’s elected Board of Public Education in 2013 and an at Large- City Councilor in November 2016. He also founded the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and is the co-founder of King Fellows, a Portland-based youth group dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities for youth through leadership and civic engagement based on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pious is an alumnus of the Institute for Civic Leadership (now known as Lift360), and in 2015 he was named Lift360’s Most Distinguished Alumnus.
A native of Ghana, Pious migrated to the United States (NY) in 2000 and has called Portland his home for the past decade where he lives with his children ( daughter and son). He is also a gifted photographer and has worked as a photojournalist for a range of print publications in Ghana.
This program will be presented twice, at 9 am at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, as part of the GF annual school program funded by the Oak-Grove Foundation, and at noon for our regular lunch program. Lunch provided by Jorgensen’s.
Lunch choices: vegetarian wrap, chicken pesto or roast beef, served with Hungarian-mushroom soups, cookie, coffee and tea. $12
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