Ms. Erum Ibrahim Ali currently serves as a Legislative Assistant for the Democratic Whip, Senator Dick Durbin, having been with the office for nearly a decade. A native of Chicago, Erum holds degrees in International Studies and Political Science from DePaul University. Prior to her service on the Hill, Erum worked as a fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core and spent summers teaching early childhood literacy with the Jane Addams Hull House Association. Erum has additionally served as a Truman Congressional Security Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellow in Washington, and volunteered for numerous political campaigns over the years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading fiction, and spending time with family and friends.