Mariam Khosravani

Mariam Khosravani is the Founder & President of the Iranian American Women Foundation, which has offered many leadership conferences, with over 2,500 participants since its inception in 2012. Mariam is also the Executive Director of the Coastline Community College Foundation in Orange County, California. She manages the college foundation, its assets, and is responsible for raising funds to assist and support over 18,000 students.

Mariam has been active in the field of philanthropy as a consultant, speaker, and trainer for the last fifteen years. She is passionate about humanitarian aid and has assisted in the expansion of several non-profit organizations in Southern California. She has raised millions of dollar in funds for various local, national and international organizations. Mariam has served as the Chair of the Investment Council for the United Way of Orange County for two years, and another two years as a Board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She served as the Community Services Commissioner for the City of Irvine for eight years, and was on the Board of Directors for the California Community College Foundations as well. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans (PAAIA) and is a member of the Advisory Board of PBS SoCal, Orange County’s PBS station. In 2015, Mariam was awarded with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Neda Nobari

Founder and president of Neda Nobari Foundation (NNF), Neda Nobari has been actively supporting innovative projects in support of social and environmental justice through the Arts, Environmental Advocacy, Transparent Media, Impact Films and Education for almost a decade.

A true believer in the power of empathy and equal opportunity, her foundation has funded and actively participated in projects that raise awareness, offer a counter-narrative to the status quo and provide solutions for positive transformational and systematic change to address contemporary societal issues. Neda holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from San Francisco State University where she serves on the University Foundation’s Board. She was the Co Founder and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at bebe stores, Inc. from 1984-2006. After transitioning away from the corporate sector, Neda founded her private foundation and went on to attend Dartmouth College to receive her M.A. in Liberal Studies, focusing on the intersection of the diaspora and the cultural identity of Iranian American women.

Saied Kazemi

Saied Kazemi is an Information Technology (IT) professional specializing in open source software and systems. His career spans a wide spectrum of entrepreneurial and engineering experience. Throughout the years, he has been responsible for product development and product management at high-tech companies. He has also been a co-founder at three startups. He holds a Masters of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. As an advisor, Saied has been helping KCIS with strategic and organizational needs and execution plans.

Sepideh Mortazavi, Esq.

Ms. Mortazavi is a criminal appellate defense attorney in Orange County, California, working primarily as appointed counsel for the Indigent Defense Panel for the California Court of Appeal, Second and Fourth Appellate Districts. She previously was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, prosecuting felony criminal appeals in state and federal courts.

Prior to joining the California Department of Justice, Ms. Mortazavi was an associate at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe and Nichols, focusing on medical malpractice and elder abuse defense. Ms. Mortazavi received her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999 and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2002. In addition to her service with the Keep Children in School Foundation, Ms. Mortazavi is an active board member with a number of other organizations. She is the current President of the Iranian American Bar Association and an Orange County Ambassador for the National Iranian American Council. Ms. Mortazavi also actively volunteers for the Iranian American Women’s Foundation and at her children’s elementary school.

Ziba Shirazi

Ziba Shirazi is an Iranian‐American poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller. As a poet and music artist, she is best known for her poignant songs and storytelling through poetry. Ziba’s compositions blend together flavors of Persian melodies with world music and jazz. In 1985, Ziba left Iran for the United States, where despite many difficulties, she single‐handedly produced and promoted seven albums. Referred to as the ‘Voice of Women’ in the Iranian community, Ziba’s lyrics are colored by passionate feminist tones, love, compassion and universal human stories.

In 2009, Ziba created “Story & Song,” a lyrical storytelling performance, set to live music with video projections featuring stories of Iranian immigrants and their struggles since the Islamic Revolution. This project, which was the subject of Ziba’s Master’s thesis in Performance and Communication at California State University in Los Angeles, has been performed across the US and Canada. Another one of Ziba’s lifetime dreams was achieved in spring of 2014, when she staged her first musical production, “Spring Love,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. Through her new ongoing projects, “Story & Song,” featuring stories of Iranian immigrants, and “Spring Love,” a musical love story, Ziba continues to touch audiences’ hearts, crossing cultural gaps with her unique art of storytelling.