Ali W. Palmer

We’re excited to welcome Ali W. Palmer to the EMI team! As the new Vice President of Evolution Management, Ali brings decades of experience from an array of private, non-profit, higher education, military, and government positions.

A 1997 West Point graduate, Ali spent 10 years as an Airborne Ranger, Engineer, company commander, and General’s Aide, with deployments to Kosovo, Macedonia, and Iraq (earning a Bronze Star for actions in combat). He left the Army in 2006 to pursue a graduate degree.

After attaining his MBA from Harvard Business School, Ali spent 7 years in multiple civilian roles, including International Operations Director at DaVita Dialysis, District Manager at Sodexo facilities management, and Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership©.

Ali re-entered the Army Reserves in 2014 and was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He currently serves as a training operations officer at Fort Knox, KY. He previously served as Vice Commander of his local NC Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and on a Congressional Nomination Committee for US Service Academies. He is also a member of the Army Ranger Association, sits on two boards, speaks three languages and is a Certified Engineer in NY State.

Ali is married to the former Melissa Heald (retired Delta Flight Attendant from Nashua, NH), and has three sons: Corey Nadeau (Army Infantry Officer), Austin, and Bennett. He and his family reside in northern Atlanta.