Fred Ali, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Weingart Foundation, has more than 36 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and his graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan.
Fred began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small Alaskan village. Over the next 19 years, he held a number of key positions in Alaska including Deputy Director of the State Employment Agency, President of Kuskokwim Community College, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 1991, Fred became Executive Director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland.
Fred was elected President of the Weingart Foundation in June 1999 and named CEO of the organization in 2006. He serves on the Board of Advisors of USC’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, the Advisory Board of the Mayor of Los Angeles’ Office of Strategic Partnerships, and is a Senior Fellow of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Fred is also a past chair of Southern California Grantmakers.
Fred speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including sustainability, organizational effectiveness, and capacity building, among other subjects.