Portfolio for Sexual and Gender Minorities
Bali previously served as an Intramural Research Training Awardee (IRTA) with NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where she presented research posters across NIH, on Capitol Hill, and at the International AIDS Conference in South Africa regarding intersectional impacts on the health of African American women of transgender experience in NYC. She also co-authored an American Psychological Association textbook chapter on counseling transgender people of color.
Prior to federal service Bali designed and managed NYC and CDC funded health programming serving SGM youth and adults at community-based organizations including Hetrick-Martin Institute, Housing Works, GMHC, and Harlem United; and most recently at Lutheran Medical Center she coordinated HIV/STD and Hepatitis prevention strategies for LGBTQ+, undocumented, homeless, and young people throughout Brooklyn neighborhoods. She also served on the National Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, and the NYC HIV Prevention Planning Group.
A magna cum laude graduate in cultural studies at Columbia University Bali also completed her masters work there in the Earth Institute's interdisciplinary program researching impacts of climate change and climate variability on society and the environment, exploring connections between social justice and the environment globally. In her spare time Bali studies ballet and kathak, a classical north Indian dance form, and volunteers with the Smithsonian Institution's Cheetah Conservation Station.