Nadia Ziad Ismail (she/her)

Board Member

As a next-gen woman of color, Nadia (she/her) brings to the Board a trained lens on change management and bridging our membership dynamics across identities such as age, race, and class. Working to support the initial development of the DEI framework at Patagonia, Nadia now serves as the Managing Director of People and Culture at Pillars Fund, A Muslim Philanthropic Organization with the mission to amplify the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims in the United States. Through this work, she is responsible for fortifying people infrastructure and operationalizing culture. Nadia draws on nearly 10 years of experience in both Organizational Development and diversity, equity, and inclusion where she has supported the building and enhancement of healthy, empowering work environments that allow organizations to grow and scale meaningfully.  

Joining WDN in 2020, Nadia quickly brought her professional skills in organizational development and DEI work to WDN’s Multigenerational Braintrust and the Jean Hardisty Steering Committee. Outside of WDN, Nadia serves on the Board of Just Vision, a nonprofit working to fill a media gap on Israel-Palestine through independent storytelling and strategic audience engagement.

Nadia has earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from The Ohio State University and her Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her expertise around culture and power shifts will be invaluable as WDN moves toward our vision of becoming a multi-generational and multi-cultural network.

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