Ali Caccavella
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Ali Caccavella

Senior Director of Policy and Systems Change

Ali Caccavella serves as our Senior Director of Policy and Systems Change, advancing student-centered policies at the institutional, local and national levels. Ali drives the foundational department systems and operating framework to leverage both front-line expertise and external partnerships for college affordability systems-change. With a focus on national institutions and federal policy, she supports uAspire’s advocacy, thought-leadership and field building initiatives focused on improving postsecondary outcomes for first-generation, low-income students. Previously at uAspire, Ali served as the director of training and partnerships to help uAspire launch their national Training and Technical Assistance department. 

Before joining uAspire, Ali served as the associate director for college retention and success at Philadelphia Futures where she directly advised postsecondary students, developed relationships with key personnel on campuses, and created curriculum and programmatic interventions to support students’ college persistence and career development. Prior to this, Ali worked for seven years with Mastery Charter Schools where she created, launched and directed a college and career readiness internship program scaled across the growing network’s schools. At Mastery, she also served as assistant director for social emotional learning where she developed and systematized SEL programming across curriculum, staff training, and school culture norms. Ali earned both a BA in urban studies and an MS Ed. in secondary education from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of uAspire, Ali teaches yoga and enjoys spending time outside with her family

Why uAspire?

With a deeply rooted passion for justice and equality, my decade-long career is driven by the recognition that education is the equalizer that makes our country great and our democracy possible. When, in the 21st century a college degree can readily bring a person (and future generations) out of crippling poverty and into the realm of creative human potential, we as a nation must address the issue of college affordability head-on. uAspire answers this call, and offers both the direct expertise in college affordability I have been searching for as a practitioner, as well as the potential for systemic policy change I long for as a citizen. I am honored to be part of the ground-breaking work that uAspire is doing to bring best practice and awareness of college affordability to many more schools, students and families across the country.