Lobbying since: 2019
Darya received her BA in Communicative Disorders and minored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Redlands. While there she volunteered in the juvenile justice system, and founded the Middle Eastern Student Association. She holds her Iranian heritage close to her heart, believes that social justice is a lifestyle, and is passionate about intersectionality and disability rights.
After graduation she worked and advocated for immigrants and refugees who have loved ones with developmental disabilities, here she began promoting cultural awareness within the disability community. Darya is committed to ensuring educational justice for all and is dedicated to her position of Policy Chair for OSPI’s Special Education Advisory Council.
When off the clock, she volunteers as part of the Seattle Women’s Commission focusing on issues of violence prevention and justice. In addition, she continues to give back to her high school community by coaching the goalies of the Roosevelt Women’s Water Polo. Darya is serious about grassroots advocacy, uplifting marginalized populations, and fond of trips to Olympia.