Nadia Tonova serves as the Director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), an ACCESS institution, that brings together 24 independent Arab American nonprofit organizations in 12 states. Most recently within NNAAC, she created and launched TAKE ON HATE, an unprecedented national grassroots campaign to challenge prejudice and bias facing Arab and Muslim Americans.
Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Tonova led the Advocacy & Civic Engagement program with NNAAC for four years, where she led a variety of policy advocacy and grassroots campaigns on immigrant rights, civil liberties and human rights, and civic engagement issues. She continues to offer technical assistance to organizations across the country in these areas.
Ms. Tonova currently serves on the boards of Michigan United and Mothering Justice, and as an Advisory Board member of Welcoming Michigan. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, class XXXIII, and Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Yearlong Fellowship.
Before coming to ACCESS, she worked with the Democratic Communications Office for the Michigan House of Representatives. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Theory from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from Wayne State University. She is a proud wife and a mother to three wonderful children.