Nina Simbaña was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and still lives there with her son Miguel and partner Ben, under the deep blue skies of the desert Southwest. Nina’s father was the first person in her family to go to college and only spoke Spanish when he immigrated to the United States. Her grandparents who helped raise her could not read or write, but somehow forged friendships with politicians and esteemed community members in Albuquerque, setting Nina on the path to later work in progressive politics and neighborhood organizing.
Nina works in media communications with a focus on membership associations, where she has served a variety of clients over the past 15 years. She attended Vassar College and the University of New Mexico.