Kali grew up in Iowa Falls, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College in 2015, in criminal justice and sociology. She earned her J.D. from Drake University Law School in 2018 with a certificate in Prosecution and Defense. Throughout law school, Kali was a member of both the ABA Arbitration Team and the National Mock Trial Team. She was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and also received the Iowa County Attorney Association Prosecution Excellence award during her time at Drake University Law School. In addition to her private practice, Kali has been appointed as an Assistant Grundy County Attorney.