Nadia Hassan is a Governor Hogan appointee to Maryland’s Office of Community Initiatives. As Commissioner to the Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, Nadia represents the Middle Eastern & Muslim American community in helping to build public-private partnerships and establish collaborative relationships between the state and its constituents to promote diversity, equity & inclusion and advance business, workforce, and community development.
Nadia is also the Founder/Executive Director of the Young Leaders Institute— a leadership platform that empowers youth toward social entrepreneurship, innovation, and civic engagement, and currently serves as the Senior Advisor and Director of Community Engagement for candidate David Blair who is running for Montgomery County Executive.
Nadia has been working in politics (as a political strategist) for over 10 years and has been an organizer for several local, state, and congressional level campaigns, including the national Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2012, Nadia founded the Villa Park Peace Coalition to mobilize the civic community to resist the anti-Muslim bigotry coming from the Tea Party. Nadia’s activism captured media attention on CNN, USA Today, Al-Jazeerah, Washington Post, The Heat, Open Lens, and others. Nadia is committed to community development on serves on various boards including the Women’s Committee for the Diyanet Center of America and the Prince George’s County Muslim Council.
Nadia holds an MBA from Bentley University, where she did a thesis in Islamic Finance and Sustainable Economics, and will earn a second master’s degree in June 2022 from the University of Maryland’s Global Campus in Strategic Communication. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.