Sanam Akhlagh – President

Sanam Akhlagh is the founder and executive director of Pardis for Children. Prior to establishing Pardis in 2011, Sanam served as a consultant for multiple for-profit, nonprofit and governmental agencies. In her last role, she managed the Community Partners program, one of Mayor Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunities initiatives in New York City.

Sanam has been involved in a number of philanthropic efforts. She organized a fundraiser to aid victims of the earthquake in Bam, Iran in 2003, and oversaw the distribution of the money raised at that event among multiple local NGOs and hospitals. In 2005, Sanam shot a documentary in Iran, The Iron Cradle, 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, and received a certificate in childcare management and early childhood education from New York University in 2011.

Sanam earned her BA in operations research and her MA in engineering and management systems, both from Columbia University. She has served since 2011 as the executive director of Pardis for Children, where she is responsible for all strategic and operational duties. She is also the board president of Pardis for Children, and serves on the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Sanam, her husband, and their two sons live in Brooklyn, New York.