Nadiyah El-Amin earned a BA in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and an MS Ed in counseling and college student personnel from the College of Saint Rose. El-Amin has eight years of experience working in higher education as an academic adviser, counselor and/or instructor at various colleges and universities in California and New York. She has three years of international work experience in the Gulf region where she recently served as an instructor and academic adviser at Zayed University in Dubai. Additionally, she has several years of experience as a social worker for nonprofit and government organizations in Los Angeles.