Nayyera Haq is a Sirius XM host and television commentator who has worked at the highest levels of US government to solve global challenges.
Nayyera served as a Senior Director in the White House helping to implement President Obama’s agenda on national security and economic policy. She served in the State Department as a spokesperson under Secretary Hillary Clinton and Secretary John Kerry, explaining U.S. foreign policy to audiences around the world. Nayyera’s global experience is based on a foundation of understanding U.S. politics and culture, having spent several years helping Members of Congress such as Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi connect with their local communities. Overall, Nayyera has led communications campaigns and public relations efforts in nearly all 50 states and 30 countries.
As immigrants from Pakistan who settled in a working-class part of New York City, Nayyera’s parents – a physician and a public school teacher – instilled in her a commitment to public service. From an early age, Nayyera has sought to understand how the American Dream worked for her while others around the world still struggle. A globe trotter first by nature and then by profession, Nayyera’s explorations have taken her from debates in the U.S. Congress and the Israeli Knesset, to hiking in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Atlas Mountains in Turkey, to roaming the streets of London and Lahore.
Nayyera received a Masters Degree from Georgetown University Law Center and studied history at the University of Michigan. A practicing Muslim, she lives in Maryland with her veterinarian husband and toddler son. Nayyera finds zen while scuba diving, which is not as often as she would like.