Nadia Tonova, NNAAC Director

Nadia Tonova serves as the Director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS that brings together 23 independent Arab American nonprofit organizations in 11 states. The Network’s primary mission is to build the capacity of Arab American nonprofit organizations that focus on the needs and issues impacting their local community, while working to collectively address those issues nationally.

Ms. Tonova oversees all aspects of programming within NNAAC, including advocacy & civic engagement, capacity building, and youth and community service. She also oversees NNAAC governance, fundraising, strategic direction, member relations, and partnerships.

Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Tonova led the Advocacy & Civic Engagement program with NNAAC for four years. She led a variety of policy initiatives, campaigns, and activities pertaining to immigrant rights, civil liberties and human rights, and civic engagement. She continues to offer technical assistance to organizations across the country in these areas.

Ms. Tonova currently serves as the Chair of Michigan United, as an Executive Committee member of the Rights Working Group, and as a board member of Mothering Justice. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, class XXXIII.

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.

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