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 career focused on community engagements by creating dialogue across cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and faith based barriers. Prior to joining the Muskie School, Pious worked with the City of Portland’s refugee services and spent many summers working as a facilitator for Seeds of Peace, a summer program which builds relationships and leadership skills among youth from regions of conflict. He also worked as a Site Coordinator for the Peer Leader Program at what is now the Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine, and as an Education and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Portland branch of the NAACP.
Pious is the first African-born Muslim American to be elected to a public office in Portland, becoming a member of the city’s elected Board of Public Education in 2013. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and the current Co-Director and Co-founder of the 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 (Lift 360).
A native of Ghana, Pious migrated to the United States (NY) in 2000, and has called Maine his home for the past decade. He is also a gifted photographer and has worked as a photojournalist for a range of print publications in Ghana.