Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
As Deputy Mayor for public engagement from 2015 to 2017 in Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration, Ahmad oversaw the Commission for Women, the Office of Black Male Engagement, and the Youth Commission, and she worked closely with the office of LGBT Affairs. Other civic activities include service on the Board of the PA. Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, Board of the Women’s Campaign International, Chair of Mayor Nutter’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and President of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women. She has served on the board of the Philadelphia Foundation since 2011, where she is on the Investment Committee and once chaired the Grantmaking Services Committee. She served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
As Lieutenant Governor, says Ahmad, she would partner with Gov. Wolf on problems of sexism and sexual harassment in state government. She has also named improving public education, job creation, and stricter gun laws as priorities.
Ahmed, age 58, immigrated from Bangladesh in 1981. By 1990, she had a Ph.D. in Chemistry from PENN. Her research on collagen type II gene mutation has contributed to osteoarthritis research and led to her Directorship of Molecular Biology in Jefferson Medical College’s Research Department. She later joined her husband in founding JNA Capital, Inc., a real estate and development company that has been active in mixed-use projects around the PENN and Drexel downtown campuses. She lives in Mt. Airy with her husband and 2 daughters.