A proud Advanced Campaign Management School alumna and long-time Wellstone trainer, Aliya brings 16 years of field campaign, software development, and training experience to her role as Director, Movement Technology for Wellstone, most recently serving as strategist and software engineer with The Sunlight Foundation. Aliya manages the brilliant women of the Movement Tech team, and leads Wellstone’s bodies of work in digital security and computer programming.
Aliya taught undergraduate engineering courses at Purdue University from 2000 to 2004, when she took on curriculum development and program evaluation for Purdue’s national EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) High Schools program. She went on to organize as a high school teacher herself in a rural, 99% of-color school on probation under No Child Left Behind, and ultimately became an Ohio-based Field Organizer for the Center for Community Change, focusing on movement building among returning citizens (formerly incarcerated people) and on developing training for integrated voter engagement at Fair Immigration Reform Movement partner organizations. Aliya also served as field director at Equality Ohio, where she worked to build a community organizing program to center people of color and low-income Ohioans in LGBT-rights campaigns. Aliya moved to Washington DC in 2013 to become Pprogram Ddirector at Code for Progress, where she led the recruitment, training, and job placement of people of color, women, and low-income activists in full-time positions that allow them to develop software apps and technology for social justice work.
Aliya lives in Harlem, the closest she's been to a big Bangladeshi community since she left Dhaka at the age of 17. Her partner Anika (note: definitely not Bangladeshi) delights in taking her to eat ilish polao monthly in Jackson Heights. She grows many vegetables in her apartment based on what she learned in astronautical engineering classes, and still DJs the occasional party.