Sabina Nussipov immigrated to the US from Kazakhstan in 1999. After the end of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan was thrown into turmoil and hardships ensued for many years as the region struggled to regain stability. Her parents decided to join the countless others fleeing the country in search of a more stable life for their young family and settled in Sacramento, California.
This personal experience informs much of Sabina's perspective and drive towards social justice and progressive policies that are rooted in empathy and inclusion. She attended the University of California, Irvine to study Public Health where she explored the many social, political, economical, and cultural factors that contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and communities. After graduating, she moved back to Sacramento to work at a refugee resettlement agency at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. As she helped families navigate the complex system of social services, she recognized many of the same challenges her family faced 20 years prior. This moved her to create a coalition of volunteers and former refugees to start advocating for policy changes aimed at expanding access to resources and defending the rights of immigrants and refugees.
Sabina moved on to work for a California State Assemblymember to gain valuable legislative experience. She worked with constituents, advocacy groups, state agencies and legislators to address the challenges being faced throughout California. She is now working for a Native American tribe to defend tribal rights and tribal sovereignty. Through her various capacities in public service, she has learned that patient, deliberate, and collaborative efforts are the most successful in bringing about positive change.
In her free time, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, attempting to paint the things she sees on her adventures, and spending time with her friends and family!