Born in Kerman, Iran, Maryam moved to the US at the age of three with her family. She is a proud intersectional feminist, political scientist, and progressive, who strongly believes in the need for more representation, equity, and empathy in politics.
Maryam holds dual Bachelors in Political Science, and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and has been working in the nonprofit sector for the past nine years. She took on her current role, as the Program Manager for the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCARI) at United Way of Rhode Island, in November of 2017. Her work with FCARI was instrumental in researching, writing, publishing, and implementing, Rhode Island’s first State Plan on Family Caregiving. Under Maryam’s leadership and guidance, the FCARI has become a recognized and cross-functioning coalition throughout the community.
In addition to her work as a Program Manager, Maryam is currently a Fellow at the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI). Her fellowship with WPI focuses on advocacy, supporting legislation, and working closely with the RI State Legislature as well as other community stakeholders.
As a first-generation immigrant, POC, MENA woman, and someone who grew up in a working-class household, Maryam knows first-hand many of the challenges our community is grappling with. She has been fighting for equity and trying to change the systems that enable oppression, through her work as an advocate and proponent of social justice. She listens to understand, and believes that everyone not only deserves a seat at the table but time on the agenda to voice their thoughts, and power to create the change they want to see. Her attitude when trying to solve a difficult problem is: “We may not have it figured out just yet—but, we’ll get there. Now let’s rework our gameplan.”
Outside of her 9-5, you can find Maryam trying to learn how to play the Daaf, creating art, tracking down the perfect sandwich, and volunteering to help bring Persian cultural events to Rhode Island.
Maryam describes herself as a leader, thinker, and problem-solver and is excited to bring her skills, expertise, and unique background to the NIAC Action Board. With aspirations to run for political office in the near future, Maryam plans to bring the issues she and her Iranian-American community care about to the forefront, and inspire sustainable change and representation.
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