Nadia is Associate Director for Learning and Equity at Living Cities, a racial economic justice organization focused on closing the racial income and wealth gaps. In this role, she leads Living Cities’ racial equity and inclusion, knowledge management, and research portfolios. Recent highlights include spearheading efforts to articulate a new mission and vision for Living Cities that centers dismantling structural racism; designing new, more equitable, processes for hiring, procurement, and talent management; designing and developing a digital platform for practitioners working to close racial income and wealth gaps to come together and share what they are learning in real time; and conducting research to better understand the racial homeownership gap in America.
Before joining Living Cities, Nadia worked on program strategy, communications, community engagement, and fundraising for a microfinance organization operating in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Previously, she was a journalist and editorial assistant at Doubledown Media, publisher of multiple finance-oriented magazines. She has also worked and volunteered for an array of youth service organizations in New York, including Bridge Builders Community Partnership and Shakespeare for Kids.
Nadia is a graduate of Pace University (BA), Hunter College (MS), and of the Mountainview MFA program where she studied creative non-fiction. She serves on ioby’s Board of Directors. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Rumpus, Catapult, The Huffington Post, Electric Literature, and Nonprofit Quarterly, among other publications. Her first book, a memoir about displacement, blackness, family, and trauma, is forthcoming from Simon and Schuster. She lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn where she can often be found writing at her favorite coffee shop, or in the park if the weather’s nice.