Each year, NYLC is pleased to welcome many talented speakers & presenters to The National Service-Learning Conference. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from topical experts, inspiring change-makers, and more!

Zahra Ali, Augsburg University

Zahra Ali is a Junior at Augsburg University pursuing a degree in Sociology and English Lit. In the future she hopes to use her experience growing up in both a tight-knit Somali community and a predominantly white school system to address issues of education inequity and the opportunity gap, particularly in relation to race. She works as a trainer with NYLC, leading youth leadership and youth adult partnership sessions, and is on the NYLC’s Board of Directors.

Naomi Asher, Carolina University

Naomi has a double major in music and theology and has worked in various industries before finding her passion for non-profit work. She has worked as Office Manager for CASA of the Tennessee Heartland and later as the Executive Director. She completed her MBA in Marketing while working as Executive Director of CASA. She then went on to serve as the Executive Director of the United Ways of Anderson, Campbell, Morgan and Scott Counties. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Carolina University and has received various awards for her work in the community. She lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, foster kids, and furry babies.