Nadia Salazar Sandi will lead our strategic campaigns, working closely with colleagues and advocacy partners to develop, implement, and advise on organizing strategy driven by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute’s partnerships and research.
Nadia is a Bolivian immigrant who moved to the US at age 10 with her parents. Seeking opportunity and safety, her family ended up in Wheaton, MD. As a mixed status family, fear of family separation was always real and present. Nadia started community organizing after the Federal Dream Act failed by 5 votes in 2010. The understanding of responsibility and the need to step up led her to obtain a degree in psychology from UMBC-USG and to fight back.
Her organizing career goes from unionizing farm workers in North Carolina, to supporting teachers and students in Louisiana, all the way to working with youth across the DMV. As an advocate, she has focused her fight in supporting youth and workers in the DMV area and was the one of the youngest Chiefs of Staff in Annapolis during the 2016 Maryland state legislative session.
Along with her passion for organizing, she is a folkloric dancer for a local Bolivian community group and a new mom to baby Luna. She is incredibly involved with local organizing, the Wheaton community, and the Bolivian community as a whole.