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Nina Ahmad is a scientist, women’s rights advocate, and first-generation-Bangladeshi American.


She grew up during a violent war for liberation in Bangladesh and came to the United States when she was 21. 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.


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 National Organization for Women (NOW), Nina led a fight against the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office when it refused to fire three prosecutors who had emailed degrading pornographic images.



She has led important efforts to fight workplace discrimination and harassment that economically undermine women and people of color. 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 nonprofits that improve the quality of life for working and poor families.


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Nina 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.


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.