Nina Ahmad (PA-01)
An Outspoken Progressive Voice
Nina Ahmad is a first generation American, scientist, and former President of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is running against Congressman Bob Brady to restore integrity to the office and to be the outspoken progressive voice that Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District is currently missing in the fight to take on Donald Trump.
An Immigrant’s Story
Nina grew up during a violent civil war in South Asia, and came to United States when she was twenty-one. After improving her English by watching American television shows, she earned her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania, and achieved success as a molecular biologist and entrepreneur.
A Civic Leader For Working Families
In addition to her professional life, Nina has been a successful civic leader who takes on big fights and wins. As President of the Philadelphia NOW, Nina led a fight against the District Attorney’s office when they refused to fire three prosecutors who had e-mailed degrading pornographic images. She has led important efforts to fight workplace discrimination and harassment which undermines woman and people of color economically. As one of the few women of color to serve on the board of the Philadelphia Foundation, Nina has helped raise millions of dollars for local non-profits that improve the quality of life for working and poor families.
Ready to take on Donald Trump
Nina fought for progressive change as an organizer for Howard Dean’s the insurgent presidential campaign in 2004, and served a national delegate for Barack Obama. She has taken on Philadelphia’s political machine by recruiting and training candidates to run as local committee people.
As a public servant, she has served as Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement under Mayor Jim Kenney, overseeing the Commission for Women, the Office of Black Male Engagement, and the Youth commission and worked closely with the office of LGBT Affairs. She has also served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and on Mayor Nutter’s Commission on Asian American Affairs.
Committed to Philadelphia
Nina and her husband Ahsan have lived in Philadelphia for over 30 years. They raised their two daughters, Joya and Priya, to share in the values of community and service that they hold dear.