Nadia Marie Sasso is a high-powered creative cultural producer and unconventional scholar from Sierra Leone but based in Los Angeles. She often combines critical writing and research with digital media in film, music, and fashion. She was named among Katie Couric’s “Next Generation of Female Leaders”. Her expertise is developing engaging creative content and driving strategy across various platforms and media.
Nadia has 10 years of relevant professional experience, with documented success in the areas of social innovation, strategic partnerships, and new media. Her portfolio proves that she is deeply invested and interested in media as a storytelling tool to not only engage and inspire audiences but also connecting people around the world with stories they will love.
Nadia made her creative debut with the independent film “Am I Too African to be American, Too American to be African, in which she produced and directed. The film featured Issa Rae and has impacted afro-millennials around the world. More recently, she released an experiential art activation #BCuzSheSaidSo which featured her #13AlbumsTo31 visual social campaign to inspire Black women to be unapologetic about their identity.
Through her entrepreneurial and creative ventures along with her passion for making connections she has worked Issa Rae, Luvvie Ajayi, Jose Antonio Vargas, Viacom, Nielsen, UBS, Peace Corps, and the United Nations. She has also leveraged her background in diversity, marketing, communications, and new media across notable stages including The White House, The Smithsonian, and universities all over the world.
She advocates for changing the way relationships are built, fostered, and established across various industries both in the diaspora and on the African continent.
Sasso is a frequent social impact honoree, prolific public speaker and panellist at prestigious conferences and universities, and recipient of significant press recognition in major media outlets. She has been recognized by notables like Former President Barack Obama and Katie Couric for catalyzing innovative and positive change via filmmaking and social work.
Having a Ph.D. from Cornell University, she provides expert insight and advice on content for TV shows and films relating to the African Diaspora. Nadia is a creative genius and a mover and shaker of all things media with a focus on entertainment, culture, entrepreneurship, and all things Africa and Diaspora.