Yalda Modabber is Golestan’s co-founder and Executive Director. As such, she is currently responsible for the organization’s strategic planning and operations. She spends about 50% of her time working on Colab related projects and programs.
Yalda, is a former molecular immunologist, and later consultant to for-profit and non-profit organizations. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Yalda moved to Iran as a kindergartner and returned to the U.S. at the age of 9 years. As an undergraduate, she majored in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child and Developmental Psychology, finishing a dual degree in Experimental Psychology and Human Biology. Yalda went on to pursue a career in biomedical research and spent 8 years at Harvard Medical School, first as a research associate and later as a graduate student. In 2000, Yalda changed career paths and became a consultant for startups, Fortune 50+ corporations and non-profit organizations as a strategist and evaluator.
In 2005, Yalda posted an ad on a local listserve in Berkeley, in search of an Iranian daycare, preschool, or co-op program for her first-born son Kian, then two years old. She received a response from another mother that led to a weekly playgroup and eventually became Golestan. Yalda was hired as Golestan’s full-time Executive Director in 2008. Both of her sons, now nine and twelve, continue to attend the school. www.golestankids.com