Nina Liang is the first and only Chinese-American City Councilor elected in her hometown of Quincy, and currently serves as the first minority City Council President. Born in Quincy and raised by immigrant parents, she has experienced first-hand the challenges minority children and families face. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to be a part of community organizations that work to expand services to everyone in the city and those dedicated to addressing the needs of those who are new to both the language and customs of American culture. Having worked as the office manager and in operations within her family’s restaurant group, Nina also has the experience and perspective of a small business owner, helping to create jobs and opportunities locally. As City Councilor, Nina has worked to open the doors of government to every resident ensuring that their voices and concerns are heard. She has served on the boards of D.O.V.E, Maria Droste Counseling Services and Quincy Catholic Academy. She co-founded the Quincy Women’s Network, and currently serves on the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation and the State’s Asian American Commission. Nina understands that it takes collaborative efforts to ensure that government is representative of all of its people, and is invested in working to increase the diversity of voices in elected office.
Gabriella Lieberman – Intern
Gabriella is a rising junior at Brandeis University majoring in Politics and minoring in Public Health and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to joining Emerge MA, Gabriella has had the honor of serving as an intern for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), an organization and political fellow for Ed Markey for U.S. Senate, a finance intern for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Tim Kaine, and an intern for Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4). During the semester Gabriella works as a Research Assistant at the Western Jihadist Project, where she analyzes Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist offenses in Western countries to inform policy. Gabriella is passionate about empowering young individuals to enter the political sphere and has led by example through her several leadership positions on campus. In her first two years at Brandeis, Gabriella has served as the President of Brandeis Israel Public Affairs Committee, Vice President of Brandeis Students Demand Action, Student Lead for VoteDeis, and an Associate Justice for the Undergraduate Student Union Judiciary. Gabriella is privileged to be named the Brandeis 2021 Alexander P. Heckler/Governor Ann Richards WOW fellow, which has generously funded her internship experience.