Nasima Hossain

Public Health Advocate, U.S. PIRG

Nasima Hossain is the federal Public Health Advocate for U.S. PIRG. She works on issues including food safety, safe access to drugs and medical devices, toxics in the environment, safe toys and children’s products, and regulatory reform. Ms. Hossain is also responsible for coordinating U.S. PIRG's annual Trouble in Toyland report, which receives national media attention each year. She has recently been quoted in national media outlets including CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and USA Today.

Prior to U.S. PIRG, Ms. Hossain worked with the Asian American Action Fund, whose goal is to increase the participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the policy arena. While there she set up a young leaders program to encourage Asian American youth to gain experience in the public and policy sector.

Prior to that, Ms Hossain worked at the Global Health Council, where she represented the Council’s maternal and child health and reproductive health policy to Congress and the Senate. In partnership with a coalition she was able to increase funding of the USAID maternal and child health account by $100 million. She also chaired Interaction’s 2008 G8 health subcommittee, representing the group to the Administration and the Japanese government.

Ms. Hossain has also worked with the National Governors Association, where she provided governors and their staff with technical assistance on the tobacco Masters Settlement Agreement and led the development of the National Governors Association State Best Practices in Cancer Control and Prevention; with Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she was a Senior Program Coordinator working to improve chemicals policy; with Health Systems Research, where she consulted on issues such as WIC and food stamp policy; with the United States Agency for International Development in Mali, West Africa, where she helped re-engineer Malian maternal and child health care delivery systems; and with the British National Health Service, where she worked in the areas of behavioral health, long term care and substance abuse.

Ms. Hossain has a degree in mathematics, statistics and computing from the University Of Westminster (BSC).