Nina Abizadeh

Program Lead

Nina Abizadeh works as Program Coordinator for CityStudio Vancouver, supporting the matching process between city staff projects, students, and faculty members at partner colleges and universities. 

Her earliest memories are of digging in rich soil and eating fresh, sun-warmed fruit straight off the bush in her grandfather’s garden. Memories that drive her passion for food security and sustainability to this day. Nina graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies. She has over a decade of experience working in the non-profit housing and violence prevention sector and works from an anti-oppressive, feminist framework.

At the University of British Columbia, Nina worked in student support. She has collaborated on various research projects and is passionate about building thriving, sustainable, and livable communities. As a first-generation immigrant and settler of Persian-German descent, Nina has been working to understand the responsibilities of settlers in Vancouver. Nina has also been a member of various taskforces to address systemic societal barriers and inequities, including those focused on JEDDI, anti-violence, and homelessness prevention. Looking to bring her passions and past work experience to her new role with CityStudio, Nina hopes to further enrich the experiential learning students engage in at the hub.

On the weekend, you are likely to run into Nina nibbling on local delights, thrifting for abandoned treasures, or contorting herself into funny shapes to snap a picture. Be sure to say hello!