Who We Are | Our Team

Our Board

Delfarib Fanaie

Founder & CEO

Ladan Judge

Co-founder, COO

Yasamin Shamshiri

Director, CFCO

Sam Alavi

Secretary, Director

Our Board of Trustees

Delfarib Fanaie

Founder & CEO

Ladan Judge

Co-founder, COO

Yasamin Shamshiri

Director, CFCO

Sam Alavi

Secretary, Director

Our Advisory Board

Farhad Taghibakhsh

Operation Volunteer Team

Shayesteh Behzadi

Finance Associate

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Venous Downing

Copywriter and Editor

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Daniel Judge

Copywriter and Editor

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Yasi Samsami

Marketing Coordinator

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Lily Navab

Social Media Marketing Intern

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Natalie Bierman

Development Associate

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Maryam Nagipour

Development Associate

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Hossein Mardani

Development Associate

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Our Event & Outreach Volunteer Team

Ziba Kian

Arizona Outreach Manager

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Bita Safai

SoCal Outreach Manager

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Haleh Boroumand

D.C. Metropolitan Area Outreach Manager

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Ali Sherkat

Bay Area All-In Group Manager

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Farshid Samsami

Bay Area All-In Group Manager

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Mina Jelvani

Women's Luncheon Manager

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Shokoufeh Hanjani

Event Volunteer Manager

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Nooshin Hakimi

Our Event Team Member

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Maryam Winans

Our Event Team Member

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Maryam Firouzi

Our Event Team Member

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Maryam Refahi

Our Event Team Member

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Mojdeh Froozandeh

Our Event Team Member

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Haleh Merat

Our Event Team Member

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Anahita Safavi

Our Event Team Member

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Nina Bakhtiari

Our Event Team Member

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Dadmehr Davari

Our Event Team Member

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Kami Fanaie

Our Event Team Member

Accounting & Legal Team

Management Team

Delfarib Fanai

Principal Founder, President, CEO

A compassionate humanitarian and advocate of children all over the world, fulfilling her life-long vision to extend a helping hand to the neediest children in the most deprived countries of the world. Delfarib Fanaie, CEO and Principal Founder of Moms Against Poverty in 2008, has over 35 years of experience in the real estate market, currently working as an asset manager for a well known real estate investor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A compassionate humanitarian and advocate of children all over the world, fulfilling her life-long vision to extend a helping hand to the neediest children in the most deprived countries of the world. Delfarib Fanaie, CEO and Principal Founder of Moms Against Poverty in 2008, has over 35 years of experience in the real estate market, currently working as an asset manager for a well known real estate investor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ladan Judge

Co-founder, Vice President, COO

The dream of an equitable world led Ladan to breathe life into MAP, launching its mission and programs with a holistic approach towards breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

She is passionate about empowering underprivileged children with the tools they need to lead purposeful, successful lives beyond their circumstances.

Leading a life of service and philanthropy Ladan has served as the Vice President and COO of MAP since its inception. She holds a Doctorate in Vitalistic Healing and Homeopathic Medicine and a BS in Electrical Engineering.

The dream of an equitable world led Ladan to breathe life into MAP, launching its mission and programs with a holistic approach towards breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

She is passionate about empowering underprivileged children with the tools they need to lead purposeful, successful lives beyond their circumstances.

Leading a life of service and philanthropy Ladan has served as the Vice President and COO of MAP since its inception. She holds a Doctorate in Vitalistic Healing and Homeopathic Medicine and a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Sam Alavi

Development Manager

Sam is currently the Director of Strategic Programs & Initiatives for University Development at UC Davis and has her Master’s degree in higher education leadership and nonprofit management from Stanford University. Her work usually focuses on organizational development and diversity/equity strategic planning. She has been involved in MAP for a number of years and prior to MAP was on the board of a national organization working towards racial and gender justice for almost ten years. She is currently also on the board of Empower Yolo, and nonprofit organization supporting women and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence. In her free time, Sam is involved in political advocacy in order to impact social change at a local, state, and federal policy level.

Sam is currently the Director of Strategic Programs & Initiatives for University Development at UC Davis and has her Master’s degree in higher education leadership and nonprofit management from Stanford University. Her work usually focuses on organizational development and diversity/equity strategic planning. She has been involved in MAP for a number of years and prior to MAP was on the board of a national organization working towards racial and gender justice for almost ten years. She is currently also on the board of Empower Yolo, and nonprofit organization supporting women and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence. In her free time, Sam is involved in political advocacy in order to impact social change at a local, state, and federal policy level.

Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari

PR & Creative Director

Bakhtiari is honored to be heading PR and Digital Media for MAP. He has been producing MAPs digital media and annual recap narratives since 2008 and is also a Philanthropy Partner. In addition, he is a regional theater actor and entrepreneur, with a past history of work in Mental Health and with court dependent kids. He’s been a Court Appointed Special Advocate since 2003, defending the interests of court dependent foster youth. Bakhtiari can also be seen on TV in a variety of network shows or possibly chasing someone in an Indie film. Bakhtiari owns an offbeat philanthropic car wash with a dinosaur exhibit near SFO: touchfreewash.com. Bakhtiari is also the founder of FuelForChange.org, a CSR, and VRWash.com, (developing immersive content for car wash tunnels). He fervently endorses spontaneous dancing, works to expand his movement vocabulary regularly, and seeks to cultivate and inspire the ever-proliferating treasures of generosity, community, and gratefulness everywhere.

Bakhtiari is honored to be heading PR and Digital Media for MAP. He has been producing MAPs digital media and annual recap narratives since 2008 and is also a Philanthropy Partner. In addition, he is a regional theater actor and entrepreneur, with a past history of work in Mental Health and with court dependent kids. He’s been a Court Appointed Special Advocate since 2003, defending the interests of court dependent foster youth. Bakhtiari can also be seen on TV in a variety of network shows or possibly chasing someone in an Indie film. Bakhtiari owns an offbeat philanthropic car wash with a dinosaur exhibit near SFO: touchfreewash.com. Bakhtiari is also the founder of FuelForChange.org, a CSR, and VRWash.com, (developing immersive content for car wash tunnels). He fervently endorses spontaneous dancing, works to expand his movement vocabulary regularly, and seeks to cultivate and inspire the ever-proliferating treasures of generosity, community, and gratefulness everywhere.

Marjan Javaherian

Sponsorship Manager

Marjan has volunteered for MAP since its inception and is moved and inspired by the passion, hard work of the determination with 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

Marjan has volunteered for MAP since its inception and is moved and inspired by the passion, hard work of the determination with 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

Larson Holt

Operation & Volunteer Manager

Larson Holt directs MAP’s growing program in Senegal and leads the volunteering program stateside. Larson came to MAP in 2020 from our partner organization Natangué-Sénégal, where he directed fundraising initiatives and special projects in the US since 2016. Larson has been managing volunteers to support Senegal ever since he first visited the country in 2013. Larson is a city planner and has worked with cities around the world to improve transportation systems, support sustainable urban development, and restructure government agencies. Larson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration, both from Columbia University. He’s also a private pilot and can be frequently spotted flying a blue-and-white Piper Archer between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Larson Holt directs MAP’s growing program in Senegal and leads the volunteering program stateside. Larson came to MAP in 2020 from our partner organization Natangué-Sénégal, where he directed fundraising initiatives and special projects in the US since 2016. Larson has been managing volunteers to support Senegal ever since he first visited the country in 2013. Larson is a city planner and has worked with cities around the world to improve transportation systems, support sustainable urban development, and restructure government agencies. Larson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration, both from Columbia University. He’s also a private pilot and can be frequently spotted flying a blue-and-white Piper Archer between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Aida Monfared

Social Media Manager

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.

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.

Human Vafaie

Graphic & Publication Manager

Humán was Born in Tehran but moved to Germany at a young age where he studied visual communication and interior architecture in Kassel and Hamburg. Humán has years of experience in architectural design with an expertise in creating a corporate identity for businesses in Europe and the Middle East, as well as corporate visualizations for startups.
Humán has been involved with MAP since early 2017 and has authored MAP’s rebranding. Humán is currently the CEO of Neovana Group which focuses on building residential and commercial projects.

Humán was Born in Tehran but moved to Germany at a young age where he studied visual communication and interior architecture in Kassel and Hamburg. Humán has years of experience in architectural design with an expertise in creating a corporate identity for businesses in Europe and the Middle East, as well as corporate visualizations for startups.
Humán has been involved with MAP since early 2017 and has authored MAP’s rebranding. Humán is currently the CEO of Neovana Group which focuses on building residential and commercial projects.

Ariana Sheikhai

SLAP Program Manager

Student Leaders Against Poverty (SLAP)

Ariana Sheikhai is a UC Berkeley student who is passionate about helping those in need. She is excited and honored to be leading the Student Ambassador Program. She looks forward to getting future generations involved in philanthropy work through MAP. Ariana first heard about MAP’s mission when she was in middle school, through her leadership community service project. She was so inspired by the work that MAP does, that for her birthday in 2018, she brought her friends and family to MAP’s annual gala. Since then, she has been given opportunities to work with MAP, which has allowed her to experience the amazing work that MAP does. She wants to provide the same opportunities to other students through the Student Ambassador Program.

Student Leaders Against Poverty (SLAP)

Ariana Sheikhai is a UC Berkeley student who is passionate about helping those in need. She is excited and honored to be leading the Student Ambassador Program. She looks forward to getting future generations involved in philanthropy work through MAP. Ariana first heard about MAP’s mission when she was in middle school, through her leadership community service project. She was so inspired by the work that MAP does, that for her birthday in 2018, she brought her friends and family to MAP’s annual gala. Since then, she has been given opportunities to work with MAP, which has allowed her to experience the amazing work that MAP does. She wants to provide the same opportunities to other students through the Student Ambassador Program.

Ariana Sheikhai

SLAP Program Manager

Student Leaders Against Poverty (SLAP)

Ariana Sheikhai is a UC Berkeley student who is passionate about helping those in need. She is excited and honored to be leading the Student Ambassador Program. She looks forward to getting future generations involved in philanthropy work through MAP. Ariana first heard about MAP’s mission when she was in middle school, through her leadership community service project. She was so inspired by the work that MAP does, that for her birthday in 2018, she brought her friends and family to MAP’s annual gala. Since then, she has been given opportunities to work with MAP, which has allowed her to experience the amazing work that MAP does. She wants to provide the same opportunities to other students through the Student Ambassador Program.

Student Leaders Against Poverty (SLAP)

Ariana Sheikhai is a UC Berkeley student who is passionate about helping those in need. She is excited and honored to be leading the Student Ambassador Program. She looks forward to getting future generations involved in philanthropy work through MAP. Ariana first heard about MAP’s mission when she was in middle school, through her leadership community service project. She was so inspired by the work that MAP does, that for her birthday in 2018, she brought her friends and family to MAP’s annual gala. Since then, she has been given opportunities to work with MAP, which has allowed her to experience the amazing work that MAP does. She wants to provide the same opportunities to other students through the Student Ambassador Program.

Sean Alemzadeh

Web & IT Manager

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U.S. Team

Dee Domingo

U.S Program Manager

Iran Team - Nikgaman Jamshid

Dr. Ashkan Taghipour

Iran Country Director

Dr. Ashkan Taghipour

Iran Country Director

Fatemeh Toghanian

Iran Director of Finance

Samira Safavi

Iran Program Director

Cambodia Team

Samphors Un

Cambodia Country Director

Timon Seibel

Cambodia Program Director

Senegal Team

Larson Holt

Senegal Program Manager

Omar Fall

Senegal Country Manager