Sanam Akhlagh is the founder/Executive Director of Pardis for Children. Prior to establishing Pardis for Children in 2011, Sanam served as a consultant for multiple for profit, nonprofit and governmental agencies. In her last role, Sanam managed the Community Partners program, one of Mayor Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunities initiatives in New York City.
Sanam has been involved in various philanthropic efforts over the years. After the earthquake in Iran, Bam in December of 2003, Sanam organized a fundraising to help the victims. She then flew to Bam to oversee the distribution of the funds among multiple local NGOs and hospitals. In 2005, Sanam shot a documentary called “The Iron Cradle” in Iran which was screened at various international film festivals. After becoming a mother in 2009, she decided to pursue her love for early childhood education and community building. She received a certificate in Childcare Management and Early Childhood Education from New York University in the winter of 2011.
Sanam earned her BA, cum laude, in Operations Research and received her MA in Engineering and Management Systems from Columbia University in 2003. She has served as the Executive Director of Pardis for Children since 2011 and is responsible for all strategic and operational duties. She is also the president of the board at Pardis for Children and serves on the board of trustees at Brooklyn Children’s museum. Sanam, her husband, Morad Masjedi and their two sons reside in Brooklyn, New York.