Sadiq Ali believes that “when adults run out of answers, they start blaming children.” Sadiq currently serves as Executive Director of Maryland MENTOR, Maryland’s statewide affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, whose mission is to increase the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships and to close the mentoring gap while centering youth voice and race equity. As a passionate and dedicated youth advocate, Sadiq has spent the last 15 years working with young men of color in a variety of settings, including workforce development, school and community-based programs and in juvenile justice, where he developed a number of culturally relevant curricula and leadership development programs.
Locally, Sadiq sits on a number of boards and advisory groups including My Brother’s Keeper Baltimore (local chapter of Obama Foundation’s MBK Alliance), the Baltimore City Children and Youth Cabinet, the Youth Leadership & Advocacy Network Committee, Baltimore’s Campaign For Grade-Level Reading and the Maryland Out of School Time Network Board. Sadiq is also a 3x author, frequent keynote presenter and facilitator, trained mediator, and Results Based Accountability practitioner. He is a graduate of the HBCU, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland Global Campus; he resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife and children.