N. Nina Ahmad

N. Nina Ahmad

Co-Founder/Co-Owner JNA Capital Inc.

N. Nina Ahmad joined the Foundation’s Board of Managers in 2011. She has served as a member of the board’s Investment Committee and as Grantmaking Services Committee Chair from 2013 through 2015.

She was Deputy Mayor for Public Engagment for Philadelphia from 2016 to 2017. She served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

She also serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) and Women’s Campaign International, which focuses on women’s equality through building skills that help women become effective agents of change.

She is the co-founder/ co-owner of JNA Capital, Inc., which develops urban mixed-use community development projects anchored by academic institutions and also sources debt and equity for commercial projects for its own account and select development projects.

Dr. Ahmad discovered the first direct evidence of collagen type II gene mutation in the Stickler syndrome (joint-eye disease), which expanded the field by providing a starting point for molecular genetic research into the generalized disease of osteoarthritis.

She received her Doctoral degree in 1990 from the chemistry department of the University of Pennsylvania.