Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali is a behavioral health expert with expertise in trauma-informed care, resilience, culturally responsive recovery services, suicide prevention, and addressing the needs of Indigenous communities. She brings decades of experience as a lecturer, trainer, clinical supervisor, and program leader.
Ali is tribal lead and senior project associate for EDC’s Zero Suicide Institute. Recently, she developed and published Best and Promising Practices for the Implementation of Zero Suicide in Indian Country, a toolkit that indigenizes the Zero Suicide framework.
Previously, Ali was the deputy commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. She is the recipient of the 2020 Native Public Health Innovation Award from the National Indian Health Board and serves on the board of directors of SAIGE (Society of American Indian Government Employees).
Ali is a Mi’kmaq First Nation from the Sturgeon Clan and the Founding Elder and Medicine Keeper of the New England States Two Spirits. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and a BA in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.