Ali in a white button-up shirt and black blazer

Ali Tomashek


Ali is a 28-year-old community college student who grew up in Shakopee, Minnesota.
She has traveled the world but is currently thriving in Uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ali has served as the Public Relations Coordinator on the LeadMN Cabinet, Public
Relations Coordinator at North Hennepin Community College, Assistant Coach and
Choreographer of the Minneapolis Fire Performance Troup: Northern Fire Dynamic and
is a professional circus performer and new Creative Director for Insphyre Performances.

Ali contributes time on her campus as the President of Environmental Club, as a
Greenhouse management coordinator, and LEAD student: Leadership through
Experience, Awareness, and Development. She is an intern for the Conservation Corps
of Minnesota and Iowa, working with the DNR, MPCA, and BWSR in the program
“Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers.” 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.

After 4 years in trade school to become a massage therapist, Ali became an
introduction and anatomy teacher for The Massage School of St Paul. She enjoys
teaching, mentoring, and tutoring in her spare time. A few reasons why Ali chose to step
up into her leadership positions. She enjoys encouraging others, is a great relationship
builder, enjoys empathy from leaders and 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. Diversity is one of her core values,
because she believes it leads to innovation, creativity, and a stronger community. She
feels motivated to support low-income students because she understands what it is like
to be a starving college student. She is dedicated to promoting and sharing resources to
help all students succeed.

Aside from attending college and advocating for students, Ali stays active by training in
aerial arts, juggling, and hula hooping. She also loves to sew, garden, watch
documentaries, and read about current events in her free time.

This year, Ali is thrilled to start recruiting more students into LeadMN, boost civic
engagement on campuses, work on a housing policy campaign, increase access and
opportunities for low-income students to attend college, promote scholarships,
increase the number of hunger-free campuses, and meet more amazing and driven
community and technical college students in Minnesota.