Nima Shirazi is a communications and program strategist with over a decade of eclectic experience working at the intersection of culture and politics, media and narrative, advocacy and the arts.
Based in Spitfire’s New York office, Nima directs strategy, campaign and message development for a fearless group of clients dedicated to defending civil rights, desegregating education, dismantling government surveillance and discrimination, destroying white supremacy, and demanding the criminal legal system protect the most vulnerable instead of the most powerful.
Prior to joining Spitfire, Nima was a Senior Fellow and founding member of the Narrative Initiative, a training and network-building start-up designed to equip leaders and their organizations with a better understanding of how deeply-embedded stories and stereotypes shape the common sense, collective consciousness, and the unwritten rules of society.
Previously, Nima developed and managed external and internal communications strategies, multimedia production and media relations for The Atlantic Philanthropies. He also managed the foundation’s grantmaking for media projects.
Nima is also an editor for the digital foreign affairs magazine Muftah and his political analysis has appeared in Salon, Truthout, Mic, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) and Al Jazeera, among other outlets. He is a member of the Gulf/2000 Project, an academic forum and online resource service sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and co-hosts the media criticism podcast Citations Needed. Nima serves on the Board of Directors for Proteus Fund.
Nima is a native New Yorker, an Oberlin College graduate, and an erstwhile drummer with a very heavy right foot.