Shaun Ali is a Senior Justice Technical Assistance Specialist with WestEd’s Justice and Prevention team. Prior to joining WestEd, Ali supported two Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grants focused on youth violence prevention.
He was part of the team that received a WestEd Strategic Investment grant to provide a blueprint for local jurisdictions to prioritize, plan, and evaluate strategies to reduce current violence, prevent future violence, and co-create a sustainable system that improves outcomes for communities.
Ali started his career in criminal justice as a victim liaison for the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section. After that, he spent a number of years supporting state, local, and tribal justice agencies through the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Training and Technical Assistance Center. Ali served as a key consultant for a large-scale transformation project for all of the justice agencies of Riverside County (CA), and has volunteered in radicalization prevention efforts and school discipline reform efforts in his local community.
He co-led a team that received a WestEd Strategic Investment Grant to support the go-to-market strategy and development of implementation process tools for the Data-Knowledge-Analysis Framework (DKAF) for Preventing Violence. DKAF for Preventing Violence is a data-driven public health approach to primary prevention of gun violence.
Ali received a Master’s in Sociology from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from George Mason University.