Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director
Ms. Mana Kharrazi received her BA in International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, along with a minor in Persian, from Emory University. While at Emory, Ms. Kharrazi co-organized a lecture series focusing on Iran that brought together academics, artists, and community leaders from within the Iranian diaspora. Ms. Kharrazi initially joined Iranian Alliances Across Borders as a member of 2007's camp planning committee after participating in Camp Ayandeh as a counselor in 2006. In 2008, Ms. Kharrazi led Camp Ayandeh as its Director in Georgia, which was featured on CNN International and CNN.com. In 2009, Ms. Kharrazi became IAAB's Executive Director and continued the role on a volunteer-basis until 2011 when IAAB received a generous grant from PARSA Foundation and hired Ms. Kharrazi as IAAB's first paid Executive Director. Prior to working for IAAB, Ms. Kharrazi was a Field Organizer in Amnesty International USA's Southern Regional Office. As a Field Organizer, Ms. Kharrazi was responsible for Amnesty International's organizing and campaigning within Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. She served as a member of the Southern Human Rights Network's steering committee and helped organize the youth summit as a part of 2010's Southern Human Rights Organizer's Conference. Ms. Kharrazi has led numerous trainings and workshops, participated in panels at universities throughout the South, and organized events with the ACLU, NAACP and other nonprofit organizations. Ms. Kharrazi also worked at the Carter Center, Posse Foundation and CareerBuilder.
Arash Azzizada, Public Relations
Shervin Etemad, Public Relations and Youth Ambassadors
Mr. Shervin Etemad is currently a student at the University of Connecticut majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with minors in Spanish and Women’s Gender and Sexualities Studies. Mr. Etemad created and leads IAAB’s Youth Ambassador Program while acting as a member of its Public Relations staff. Through the Youth Ambassador Program, high school students work with IAAB Staff members on various projects and gain valuable leadership and project management experience. Student leaders have taken on projects to better their own communities with mentorship and leadership training through the program and continue to translate leadership skills gained as program participants into initiatives in their local, regional, and national communities. He was the staff lead for the 2012 Essay contest and will be coordinating the 2013 Essay Contest as well as Public Relations for the 2013 Summer Leadership Institute and the 2013 Youth Ambassador cohort. Outside of IAAB, he works as a student researcher at UConn studying the genetics of embryonic muscle development and is currently working on a project to further characterize several genes responsible for muscle development in mice. In addition, he is an undergraduate coordinator for the Migrant Farm Worker Clinics where he helps efforts to improve access to healthcare for migrant workers in Connecticut.
Kayvan Farchadi, Community Partnerships
Marriam Zarabi, Marketing Communications
Darya Minovi, Public Relations
Ms. Darya Minovi is currently working toward a BA in Environmental Policy and Public Health at the College of William and Mary. Ms. Minovi is active on her campus and serves as a member of various clubs including Amnesty International, Photography and Project Phoenix Tutoring. Ms. Minovi is also a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority as the Officer of PR Apparel and enjoys traveling, photography, cooking and reading in her spare time.
Reza Rad, Young Professionals
Mr. Reza Rad completed his BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biophysics from the George Washington University. Mr. Rad was born in London, England and moved to Northern Virginia when he was eight years old. Mr. Rad participated in Ayandeh from 2006-2008 and initially joined Camp Ayandeh's planning committee in 2009.