Makkah Ali is an associate director on Arabella’s Managed Organizations team. In this role, she provides operational support to a diverse portfolio of innovative social sector projects and liaises with philanthropic partners to develop, structure, and maximize the impact of these projects. Her portfolio covers a range of social issues, including education, the environment, and civil rights.
Makkah joined Arabella with nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit management and philanthropy. She previously served as grants manager at the El-Hibri Foundation (EHF), a philanthropic institution focused on building the capacity of American Muslim nonprofit leaders. At EHF, Makkah developed grant-making priorities, managed grantee relationships, oversaw implementation of the annual grants cycle, and designed and implemented programs focused on advancing inclusive norms, building nonprofit organizational capacity, and organizing communities to catalyze social change. Prior to joining EHF, Makkah served as a mediator at Meridian Institute, where she designed and implemented collaborative decision-making processes for leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Makkah is a fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, president of the board of directors for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, and co-host and executive producer of the Identity Politics podcast. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master’s in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.