Lawrence Technological University alumna Nina Ahmad is one of 14 members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders created by President Barack Obama in April.
Ahmad earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Lawrence Tech in 1983 and a PhD in biological chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.
Obama charged the new commission with working to improve the quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through increased participation in and access to federal programs. The commission members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment and well-being.
Ahmad is co-owner and executive vice president of government affairs for JNA Capital, Inc., a real estate finance and development company based in Philadelphia that she helped found in 1994. She also serves as the administrator of Global City Regional Center, LLC.
From 1992 to 2005, Ahmad served as Bower Research Fellow and then held a joint assistant professorship at Wills Eye Hospital and at the Ophthalmology Department of Jefferson Medical College. Ahmad also served as director of molecular biology for the Research Department of Wills Eye Hospital.
In 2009, she was appointed chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian American Affairs. In 2011, Ahmad joined the Philadelphia Foundation’s Board of Managers.