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S E C T I O N 2 Community S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y The privilege of giving Atherton philanthropist supports range of causes not only with funding, but with time, effort and intensity of purpose By Renee Batti need to make no more effort,” says Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies at Stanford ita Daryabari begins her University, and like Ms. Darybiography with an epi- abari, a native of Iran. “She graph: “You must give gives of her time and effort” some time to your fellow men. to ensure that the projects she Even if it’s a little thing, do some- funds are successful in achievthing for others — something ing their goals, he adds. for which you get no pay but the “She’s a very unusual woman privilege of doing it.” of almost infinite goodness Those words by theologian and good will, humility and and Nobel lauregenerosity — and ate Albert Schthat combination ‘The way you weitzer are a fitis very potent.” ting introduction Mr. Milani has can educate to what follows: an a front-row view of a region is accounting that is the powerful effects long on substance, to educate the of her work. He because Ms. Daryoversees the Bita abari’s giving far women, because Daryabari Endowexceeds “a little ment in Persian women will thing.” Letters at Stanford, influence During the last which she estabdecade, the Atherlished in 2007 and their kids.’ ton philanthropist which includes a B ITA DARYABARI has contributed prize awarded to millions in fundartists of Iranian ing to support a ancestry. He also is range of causes — from help- on the board of the Pars Equaliing Iranian immigrants in the ty Center, a nonprofit Ms. DaryUnited States and girls and abari founded in 2010 in Menlo women in the Middle East, to Park to provide legal and social increasing awareness of the services to Iranian immigrants contributions to humankind of and to advocate for “more posithe Persian culture, to support- tive perceptions of Persians in ing construction of the UCSF the U.S. media,” according to Mission Bay Neuroscience the center’s website. Research Building to further Fighting misperceptions the fight against Alzheimer’s A native of Tehran who expeand other diseases. But the monetary contribu- rienced life in Iran when it was tions are only part of the story. warring with Iraq, Ms. Dar“She’s not like some philan- yarabi moved to this country thropists who might put down as a teenager, in 1985, joining their money and think they a brother who had already Almanac News Editor B emigrated. She learned early on what it meant to be viewed as “other” by people with no understanding of her culture and native country. When the September 11 terrorist attacks occurred, the prevailing ignorance about Iranians ramped up suspicion and hostility toward the Persian immigrant community she was a part of, Ms. Daryabari says, planting a seed in her that ulti- mately would blossom into the Pars Equality Center. But before any of that, Ms. Daryabari pursued a course along the trajectory of the American Dream: college, career, marriage and children. She earned a degree in computer science from California State University, Hayward, then a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Her career included stints at GammmaLink and MCI Communications. She married Omid Kordestani, who later became a Google executive, and the couple had two children. When Google went public in 2004, the couple’s fortune was born. “We decided we should share that with others in our comContinued on next page Bita Daryabari, left in top photo, displays artwork by a participant in the women’s center in Hebron she established and helps support. Above, these students are among the 120 girls enrolled in a school Ms. Daryabari helped build in Kabul, Afghanistan, where educating girls is a dangerous enterprise. Cover photo by Michelle Le April 17, 2013 NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN25

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