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Nádia was born in Rio Claro, São Paulo. She joined the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) in 1978, where she acted in popular movements for Women’s Right since 1980. She had her first contact with political activism in the period of resistance to the military regime, while studying atUniversity of São Paulo (ESALQ-USP), where she graduated as an Agronomist in 1979.
After a decade living in the state of Maranhão (northeast of Brazil) and acting with NGOs and as state president of PCdoB, she moved to São Paulo in 1990, where she has worked since then. She served as a parliamentary aide for the City and State Councils. She was the first woman to work as Municipal Secretary for Sports, from 2000 to 2004. As Secretary, she brought to São Paulo the South American Games and led the city’s candidacy to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2006, she ran for Deputy Governor of São Paulo on the plate led by Aloisio Mercadante.