OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Mina is an attorney with over 23 years of employment, corporate and business law experience including counseling and litigation in the U.S. and many European, Asian and Latin American countries.
During her career, she has represented and opposed numerous multi-national and Fortune 500 companies as well as foreign governmental entities including Nokia, Cubic Defense Systems, Westinghouse, AT&T, Facebook, eBay, Sun Microsystems, NetSuite, Bridgestone, Access, Mektec International, Liberty Mutual in California State and District Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the International Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland obtaining multi-million dollar awards.
In employment law, she has extensive experience in litigating claims of wrongful discharge, defamation, invasion of privacy, misappropriation and breach of contract. She also counsels corporations on internal audits, investigations, risk management, pre-dispute conflicts, benefits and other employment related issues. In corporate and transactional law, she has negotiated many complex international commercial transactions including joint ventures, licensing, transfer of technology, service agreements, NDAs and other related business agreements.
She currently acts as Senior Corporate Counsel for a global software company, overseeing worldwide labor and employment compliance for global jurisdictions. Mina has served as a panelist and lecturer for many employment law training programs and seminars on a variety of legal topics.
Mina lives in Northern California with her husband and their three daughters where she is also actively involved in the community.
Roya has over 25 years of Sales, Sales Management and Business Development experience working for fortune 500 companies as well as start ups in Silicon Valley. In year 2000 she joined SiliconExpert Technologies, provider of Supply Chain Component Management solutions. A startup company with total of three people, she had the role of the Global Director of Sales and Business Development as well as building the infrastructure of the company. She was instrumental in building alliances, creating global VARs, and generating sales revenue from a global OEM customer base to sustain the company’s operations and played a key role to lead the company to a successful M&A in 2012, Arrow Electronics acquired SiliconExpert Technologies. Roya Ansari also Co-founded Mozaik Multimedia in 2006, a technology company and a pioneer in content interactivity across all digital platforms, ahead of its time in transforming the passive viewing of media to interactive viewing. She led the company to a successful M&A, the company was acquired by Rambus Technology. Roya has a BA from Macalester College and received her International Baccalaureate from Aiglon College in Switzerland.
Nina holds BS and is a part time registered dental hygienist.She is an entrepreneur runs a successful business. She serves hundreds of the homeless, low income families and juvenile hall Thanksgiving meals on Thanksgiving Day in her business location. She is also a mentor for low income troubled teenager in her community thru her business internship program for local high schools. She is passionate to help poor families and kids and she has worked with MAP and sponsored MAP for many years.
Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari
Bakhtiari is an actor and entrepreneur, with a history of work in mental health and with court dependent kids. He’s the founder of the 501(c)3 FuelForChange.org, a CSR. He’s been a Court Appointed Special Advocate since 2003, defending the interests of foster youth, and holds educational rights. Bakhtiari is also the creator and developer of VRWash.com. He fervently endorses spontaneous dancing and works to expand his movement vocabulary regularly.
Haleh Boroumand Darabnia
Haleh joined MAP in 2010. She is a compassionate humanitarian, a business woman and a community leader who has dedicated her life to charitable giving from a very young age. She has studied International Studies with Foreign Languages. Haleh believes that we are all part of a larger family called humanity. Her skills, as a business woman for over twenty years, have helped her organize numerous fundraising events for several nonprofit organizations, mostly in support of under privileged children around the world. She encourages NGO’s to work together where possible. Haleh strongly believes in the mission of Moms Against Poverty and has been working with us tirelessly for the past six years
Frank E. Clohan
Frank holds an economic degree from Stanford and an LLM in Tax Law from New York University.
He has practiced law in the bay area since 1967 and currently practices as a sole practitioner with primary focus on tax planning, estate planning and post death trust administration and commercial real estate. He currently assists MAP as a compliance advisor and in addition generates corporate documents as needed by the Board of Directors. He has recently worked with MAP to provide a charter school in the Puna area of the big island Hawaii where over ninety percent of the population falls into the poverty and at risk category with a modest grant to upgrade a classroom. The classroom for a group of autistic special needs students was in an old quanset hut originally used to store tractors and farm equipment – the classroom at the end of the building had no end wall and was totally open to the wind and rain, and did not have adequate lighting or any fans or air cooling equipment to make it an adequate learning environment.
Mr. Mehrdad Elie is the CEO and President of Elie Corp with a multi- million dollar commercial property portfolio through out the United States. He served as the CEO of Alliance BanCorp , one of the largest financial firms in Bay Area where he implemented a successful, creative approach to real estate lending and maintained steady growth and profitability.
Mr. Elie, retired at age 47 and continues to lead large portfolio of real estate investments and is dedicated to numerous philanthropic projects.
Prior to Alliance Bancorp Mr. Elie served as the chairman of California Mortgage Bankers Association .
He holds an MBA from The Golden Gate University and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from San Jose State University.
Shirin has led a charitable life with passion to help people in need since a very young age. Her passion and belief that every life is worth celebrating has led her to campaign for various causes such as women and children’s rights and wellbeing. She has worked as a fundraising and event coordinator for various charities. Shirin has dedicated her life to helping others. Shirin is a graphic and web designer and she currently resides in Northern VA.
Mariam is an inspirational leader with over 25 years of experience in biotechnology and high-tech industries.
She is currently the Associate Director of Field Analytics and Operations, Clinical Education and Reimbursement Support at Genentech. Mariam holds an MBA in International Finance and a B.Sc, from Concordia University in Montreal Canada.
Mariam is passionate about helping needy families and especially enjoys working for an organization specializing in helping children. She joined MAP in 2008. She currently resides in the SF Bay area.
Mojdeh is a compassionate individual who has always helped children in need. As a successful business owner Mojdeh helps MAP expand its reach through community outreach, advocacy and fundraising events. Mojdeh has always helped in her community and has coordinated countless charitable events at her salon, helping cancer patients shed their daily stress getting pampered free of charge. She currently owns and operates a successful hair salon in the Bay Area.
Hani is an attorney with Kermani LLP and specializes in litigation and dispute resolution. Hani counsels a variety of clients, from individuals and startups to Fortune 500 companies. His practice focuses on commercial dispute resolution and consumer protection class actions.
Additionally, he is the current President of the Northern California Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association and was formerly General Counsel to Persian Tech Entrepreneurs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to empowering underprivileged entrepreneurs.
He holds a B.A. in Business-Economics and Minors in Accounting and Political Science from UCLA and a J.D. from UC Hastings.
Shiva Ebrahimi Kordestani was raised in an educated family in Iran. Her mother was a school teacher and her father was a general in the pre-revolution Iranian army. Shiva received her chemical engineering degree in Tehran and then began employment with a pharmaceutical manufacturer while teaching chemistry for three years. In 1997, she married and moved to the U.S. where she started her new journey. She has raised two socially-responsible children and has taught them about their Iranian and Kurdish heritage. While raising her family, she has managed to help her husband with his construction company. As a board or committee member for the past ten years, she has been volunteering her time and resources as well as sponsoring several foundations and charities such as Moms Against Poverty, IAWF (Iranian American Women Foundation), Diaspora Art, NICA and Roya foundation. She is delighted and proud to have the opportunity to give back to her community.
Floria is a founding partner of Empire Realty Associates and its Luxury Homes & Estates Group. As a resident of Diablo Valley since 1989, Floria has established strong ties in the local community that have served her clients well.
Floria’s areas of expertise include the Diablo, Lamorinda & Tri-Valley areas.
Shokoufeh Hanjani earned a master’s degree in computer information systems and worked for a large telecom company as a project manager for several years. An active participant in several charities, Shokoufeh engaged with MAP in 2012 when she relocated to Davis, CA. Today, she manages a network of over 160 volunteers, as well as her women’s apparel boutique in Downtown Davis. Shokoufeh and her family reside in Northern California.
Nooshin has been dedicated to charitable giving for many years both in her personal and professional life. She co-founded Moms Against Poverty in 2008. She continues her passion for helping people in her professional life, by working in an organization which strives to provide affordable housing for those in need. Nooshin holds a BS from Cal Poly State University, she has worked for Affordable Housing Associates for the last ten years and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Guadalupe “Lupe” was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the United States for over 25 years. He has worked in the construction business for about the same time. He is currently working for an investment company as The Building Engineer.
He has been a part of MAP since its inception managing the personnel during the San Francisco Fundraising Event and the Holiday Helping Hand Program. He is grateful for being part of the MAP team.
Bita was born in Tehran -Iran and has studied Chemical Engineering. Currently she lives in Orange County and is the Chief Administrative Officer at Nationwide Legal . Her daughter has inspired her to serve impoverished children and she has been volunteering from MAP since 2008, managing MAP’s events in OC since 2015.
Marjan has volunteered for MAP since its inception and is moved and inspired by the passion, hard work and determination of everyone involved. She is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in need all over the world. Marjan holds an MBA in Marketing and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Aida Monfared is the Marketing/PR Manager at Brand Canyon, a marketing strategy company. Thanks to her earlier work with various broadcasters/producers, she has developed a great passion for marketing and photography. Aida’s life-long passion is giving back to her own community as well as the world at large. This compassion reflects itself in her involvement with charity organizations, whether serving kids in need or animals in need. In the past two years, she has been an active member of the Moms Against Poverty family. Currently, Aida works on her startup company out of Silicon Valley.
Dr. Niaz Kasravi
Dr. Niaz Kasravi is the Deputy Director of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC). Prior to joining ARC, she served as the Director for the Criminal Justice Program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. She has also served as the Lead Researcher and Associate for the Domestic Human Rights Program of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), helping build this new program for the organization and focusing on racial profiling, prison conditions, juveniles in the criminal justice system, civil rights and the “war on terror”, as well as other domestic human rights issues. Additionally, has worked as Director of Community Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans (PAAIA), Policy Associate for Stop Prison Rape (SPR), as well as researcher and advocate at a number of organizations working on human rights issues in the United States and Iran. Dr. Kasravi holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. In her academic career, she focused on sociology of law and law and inequality. A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, allowed her to travel to Iran to work with Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient of 2003, on human rights in Iran and the role of Iranian women in the reform movement.
Ise Lyfe is Director of Lyfe Productives, as well as a famed Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist, author and educator from Oakland, CA now living in Los Angeles. As a nationally renowned artist, justice advocate, businessman, and social architect- this young man has over as decade of experience in performance and education that includes HBO Def Poetry Jam and residencies as a guest lecturer at over 50 universities a year. Invited by both student groups and department chairs, his engagements draw thousands of students, galvanizing both discourse and student action towards creating safe and thriving environments for personal and communal growth. At the helm of his product development firm- Lyfe Productives, he manages their work which creatively works with organizations and individuals to develop ideas, revamp products and services, build on existing projects and collectively cultivate new ideas in ways that raise awareness of social and health based virtue.
In 2012, Ise Lyfe’s hometown of Oakland, CA awarded him with one of its highest honors by dedicating his birthday, December 28th, as ‘Ise Lyfe Day’ in the City of Oakland.
Haleh is a general dentist and resides in San Francisco Bay Area. She promotes health and wellness among the needy by providing dental care to children of selected low-income families through the local dental society. Haleh joined MAP to have a bigger impact to help more children around the globe.
Kamron Motamedi is the president of American Printing, a Menlo Park-based printing company serving Sand Hill venture capitalists, numerous leading technology companies and 100+ Stanford University departments.
When he is not at American Printing, Kamron enjoys spending time with his family and playing Tennis. Kamron and his wife Cindy have four children and live in Fremont, California.
Ms. Neda Nobari has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from San Francisco State University where she now serves on the University Foundation’s Board. Ms. Nobari was the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at bebe stores inc. from 1984 until 2006. After transitioning away from the corporate sector, Ms. Nobari founded her private foundation and went on to attend Dartmouth College to receive her MA in Liberal Studies, focusing on the intersection of diaspora and cultural identity of Iranian-American women.
Azita has volunteered for MAP since its inception in 2008. She has always been passionate about helping children to have better lives. Being an active member of MAP has been offering her this opportunity to make a difference in children’s wellbeing across the globe.
Azita holds a doctorate degree in pharmacy and currently is working for CPMC-STL hospital in San Francisco.
Lily Sarafan is President of Home Care Assistance, a venture-backed pioneer in the rapidly expanding home healthcare market. Lily oversees the company’s strategic plan, global operations and business development from their headquarters in Palo Alto. Under her leadership, Home Care Assistance has gone from startup to industry champion, expanding throughout North America and Australia with more than 5000 employees and 100 storefronts. She is also the founder of a concierge health startup with thousands of patient house calls delivered. Lily leverages her deep operational expertise as a board member and strategic advisor for enterprising companies, social ventures and nonprofits. She is a mentor for startup accelerators and a frequent speaker at events across diverse audiences including Women’s Leadership Forum and OPEN. The co-author of an award-winning book series, Lily has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, USA Today and on the covers of President&CEO and Smart Business. Her accolades include the Silicon Valley 40 Under 40 and Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Award. Lily also serves as a city commissioner in local government and is actively involved with public good initiatives in education, public policy, social entrepreneurship and the Iranian diaspora. Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, B.S. in Science Technology and Society and minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Stanford University, where she currently serves on the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Cabinet. Lily has worked and traveled in more than sixty countries across six continents.
Traveling and living around the globe from Iran to Europe and now the United States has given Maryam a global perspective on issues relating to children and families. She has worked with Amnesty International and other non-profit organizations, was trained and worked as a nutritionist and is currently a graphic designer whose work with non profit and community organizations has won numerous national awards. Maryam is one of the co-founders of Moms Against Poverty, and brings her expertise in the fields of public relations and advertising to MAP.
Anahita has always been passionate about children’s well being. She was a court appointed advocate with CASA for a decade, advocating for children that had been neglected and abused here in US. Now her time is dedicated to MAP helping children here and around the globe. A trip to Iran with board members in 2014 to see all the great projects was so exciting.Her degree in marketing and as a restaurant owner has enabled her to feed hundreds of children and families.
Amir Salamat was born in Tehran, Iran. In Iran he attended Sharif University before moving to United States to finish his studies in Structural Engineering. After school he settled in the Bay Area, where he still lives with his two children. He is currently self-employed and has a consulting engineering business in Bay Area.
Shahab Sadat-Tehrani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He attended Razi School, a French elementary, middle and high school in Tehran. After high school, he pursued his education in Paris, France where he attended Ecole Nationale Superior des Beaux-Arts. He received a Master of Arts in Architecture in 1980. After spending time in Paris, Shahab moved to the United States in 1981 and was apart of several entrepreneurship opportunities involving various chain businesses including a small chain of French coffee shops and dry cleaning, a restaurant and real estate developments. His main belief and words of encouragement are to stay motivated and never give up. Sadat-Tehrani currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Nazila and has two children Tara (24) and Hannah (21).
Roya Soleimani Winner
Roya Soleimani Winner is the Communications Manager for Social Good at Facebook, overseeing the company’s charitable giving products and initiatives. She has 7+ years of experience working in technology and communications, with a focus on philanthropy and social impact. In her time at Google, Roya most recently focused on the company’s social impact and philanthropic efforts with Google.org, and served in various product and corporate communications roles since July 2012, including serving as a lead Google Trends analyst, highlighting trending topics across Google on radio and media across the country.
She holds a Masters degree in Middle Eastern studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and her Bachelors in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Roya is involved with several community organizations, including iBridges, the Iranian American Women’s Foundation, and also sits on the Board of the OMID Foundation. As a new mom to her son, Cyrus, she is honored to help further MAP’s mission to help children around the world.
Sima Talai has lived in San Francisco for 40 years. With a background in design, she has managed a successful boutique, furniture showroom, and real estate business. All along, she knew taking care of under privileged kids is her passion. After raising two successful sons and volunteering for many years, 5 years ago she decided to dedicate her life to kids specifically to orphans in Iran.