Ali Tomashek is a 26-year-old college student from Shakopee, Minnesota. She is currently thriving in Uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ali has served as the Public Relations Coordinator at North Hennepin Community College, Assistant Coach and Choreographer of the Minneapolis Fire Performance Troupe: Northern Fire Dynamic and is a professional circus performer with Insphyre Performances.
Other than participating in Student Senate, Ali contributes time on campus as the Treasurer of Environmental Club, Greenhouse management team, and LEAD: Leadership through Experience, Awareness, and Development. Her major is Environmental Science with an emphasis in Policy, and she hopes to transfer to the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences. A dream of hers is to work for the DNR, Greenpeace or Peace Corps.
The reasons why Ali chose to step up for leadership positions are because she enjoys encouraging others, is a great relationship builder, is empathetic and enjoys harmony among teams. She feels inspired to bring passion and optimism to the table where decisions are being made, while also remaining realistic and all-inclusive. She feels motivated to support low-income students because she understands what it is like to be a starving college student, overcome with bills. She is dedicated to promoting and sharing resources to help students succeed.
Ali is also an advocate for mental health initiatives as the barriers to medical insurance and mental health support can seem insurmountable. She is moved to increase mental health access on campuses for students who need it most.
Aside from attending college, Ali loves to practice aerial arts and hula hooping in her free time. She also loves to sew, garden, watch documentaries and read about current events. She also loves any vegan treat she can get her hands on!
This year, Ali is thrilled to start recruiting more students into LeadMN and civic engagement on campuses, work on the free-college policy campaign, increase access and opportunities for low-income students, promote scholarships, increase the number of hunger-free campuses and meet more amazing and driven community and technical college students in Minnesota.