April 01, 2015

Tech Millionaire Rolls Up Sleeves to Aid Iranian-Americans

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Silicon Valley philanthropist Bita Daryabari, who has parlayed tech wealth into expanding social services and educational opportunities for women from the Middle East, particularly fellow immigrants from Iran. A computer programmer and former wife of an early Google executive, Ms. Daryabari supplies about half the $1.9 million annual budget for the Daryabari Iranian Community Center in San Jose, where she also volunteers regularly.

The center expands upon on the existing Pars Equality Center, which Ms. Daryabari founded five years to serve Iranian immigrants. When it officially opens this month, the new unit will be the first organization in the nation providing legal and social services in Farsi. Ms. Daryabari, who came to America as a teenager in 1985, also leads the Unique Zan Foundation, which works to improve education, health, and economic opportunities for women in the Middle East, and has endowed a $2.5 million Persian studies chair at Stanford University.

Read a 2014 Chronicle of Philanthropy profile of Ms. Daryabari.