Nina grew up amid war in Bangladesh and came to the United States at 21. After earning her Ph.D. from Penn, she achieved success as a molecular biologist and entrepreneur. As president of the Philadelphia National Organization for Women, 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 efforts to fight workplace discrimination and harassment that economically undermine women and people of color. On the board of the Philadelphia Foundation, she has helped raise millions of dollars for local nonprofits that improve the quality of life for working and poor families. 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 working closely with the office of LGBT Affairs. She also served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Nina and her husband live in Philadelphia, where they raised their two daughters.
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