Nina fought for progressive change as an organizer for Howard Dean’s insurgent presidential campaign in 2004, and served a national delegate for President Barack Obama. She has taken on Philadelphia’s political machine by recruiting and training candidates to run as local committeepeople.

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.

Photo by: Jen Strickland

Photo by: Jen Strickland


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.