Born in Bangladesh, Ahmad left her country at the age of 21 to study at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and completed a medical fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University, and had a career as a molecular biologist and small business owner. For almost five years, she served as president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Most recently, Ahmad served as deputy mayor of public engagement under Mayor Kenney, where she managed people, initiatives and budgets of more than $4 billion in public funds. She helped launch the city’s Commission for Women, where she fought for pay equity and worked to end workplace harassment. She gathered support for reform and opportunity through the city’s Youth Commission, the Office of Black Male Engagement, and the Office of LGBT affairs.
She also served as a member of the National Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under President Obama.
Ahmad has vowed to use the office of auditor general to increase transparency and accountability in Pennsylvania.