Ali was first captivated by sustainable design while snowboarding past green buildings in Colorado ’s Rocky Mountains . After several years quieting her inner ski bum, she returned to her native Connecticut where she received her BA in Art History from UConn and began a decade-long career as a home improvement contractor. She fused her love of nature and the built environment through graduate studies in Environmental Science at Antioch New England Graduate School and a Master’s Certificate in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College. Today, she lives in Germany where she works as a freelance writer and runs the Epona Foundation, a non-profit that provides professional services to organizations working for environmental and social justice.