Director of Food & Agriculture, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum
Nina Anand is the Director of Food & Agriculture, along with Communications for USISPF. Nina previously worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a spokesperson and Communications Coordinator for the USDA’s Office of Communications. Prior to that role, she was a Speechwriter and Public Affairs Specialist at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, where she served as a media expert on international and domestic food safety issues and crisis communications. While at FSIS, she prepared agency leadership for congressional hearings and staffed them during international delegations. Before working at USDA, Nina was the speechwriter for Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), where she wrote speeches on topics ranging from human rights and international relations to agriculture, the economy, and healthcare. Prior to joining Cardin's office, she was one of five women selected nationally to serve as a Women's Policy, Inc. Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy in Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's (NY-12) office. Nina is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. She completed her undergraduate degree at Davidson College, by way of New York University, and focused on South Asian studies and comparative religion. She received her master's degree from Georgetown University in Conflict Resolution, where she concentrated on the South Asian region and international women's issues. Her father is originally from India, her mother is from Indiana, and she has a twin sister.