Meet The Board
Founder and President
Bio: Najee Ali is an award-winning nationally celebrated civil rights activist, who currently serves as the first Muslim chaplain in the history of Los Angeles for Mayor Eric Garcetti Crisis Response Team (CRT). He is the Founder and president of the Muslim Democratic Club of Southern California, the first and only Muslim Democratic Club in Southern California, and the official spokesman for Bilal Islamic Center and it’s legendary Imam Abdul Karim Hasan.
Ali’s career began in 1988 as a volunteer for Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson, which was the doorway for his involvement into political and social activism.
Ali has worked for or with nationally celebrated figures that include President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Congress-member Karen Bass, Reverend Al Sharpton and his beloved deceased former father in law Imam W.D. Mohammed who was always affectionally called “Dad “by Ali.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Najee migrated to South Central Los Angeles where later his fearless activism helped spearhead Sherrice’s Law. This bill was signed in 2001 by then California Gov Gray Davis, and helps protects children from sexual assaults. This bill is the first law named after a slain African-American child in the United States. Ali has been honored with several awards and accolades which can be reviewed on his website. (www.najeeali.com). Ali is married to Dr. Lisa Ali and together they have 5 children.
In 2015 Ali founded the City of Los Angeles Muslim Heritage Month observed and celebrated by city officials and the Muslim community every July.
First Vice President
Political Action & Education
Dallas Fowler is a proud Los Angeles native. She is the Principal of Daltek Global, LLC a boutique digital and print media firm specializing in outreach, diversity, political & business development consulting. She served in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s cabinet as Commissioner on the LAPD Police Permit Review Board and the Commission On the Status of Women. Her career began in construction where worked on over 20 publicly funded projects and transitioned to supplier diversity for a top 5 bank. A life-long Democrat, Dallas has been actively working on campaigns for over 20 years. Her recent victory was serving as SoCal Director for Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis’ campaign. Dallas is also a past officer and lifetime member of New Frontier Democratic Club.
Membership Vice President
Joe Salas is a public school teacher in the Inland Empire. He is active in his local area and has membership in several Democratic clubs across Southern California. He is a state delegate to the California Democratic Party. He has served on the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Arturo Flores is a life-long resident of South Central Los Angeles and overcame many hardships at
a young age and spent several year in the Foster Youth System. He enlisted in the US Marine
Corps in 2007 and completed 5 years of active duty and was honorably discharged in Nov. 2011,
receiving a Commendation for his actions in Iraq. Upon his return home he became a Youth
Counselor at the non-profit organization where he had previously resided.
Developing an interest in politics, he graduated from Los Angeles Southwest College with an
Associate in Arts Degree and was accepted to UCLA’s Political Science Program. Dealing with
the affects of PTSD forced his to take some time away from UCLA but he later returned and
received his B.A degree in Political Science from UCLA in 2017 and continued his involvement in Local and State political elections as a Political Campaign Consultant. Recently he has advocated for the Social Equity Program for The Cannabis Industry (now legalized) in Los Angeles and also volunteers with Community Coalition in their efforts on Police Reform, Probation Reform, and Prison Reform. Arturo continues to live in South Central Los Angeles and continues to promote the “Don’t Move Improve” model centered on community empowerment and ownership, and is currently the Director of Development for The Big House.