Ariana Romero is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and a part of the founding staff of Crete Academy. Crete Academy is a nonprofit charter school servicing homeless children and children from low-income families. She is the Director of Community Affairs and Policy and oversees the Wellness Program that offers wraparound services to the families of the children of Crete Academy.
Prior to attending Pepperdine University, Ariana was the Mentorship Director at the Iranian American Women Foundation and Legal Assistant at the Offices of Public Defender of Orange County Fullerton office. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Ariana joined the prestigious Cal State DC program where she had the opportunity to intern at the National Iranian American Council as their Community Outreach and Programming Associate. As she continued her journey in Washington D.C. she was hired at the United States Association for UNHCR (United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees) to secure financial opportunities to refugees in UNHCR camps in Syria, Haiti, and Somalia. Meanwhile, Ariana had the opportunity to intern at Eurasia Foundation working on their online school of entrepreneurship (OWE). This opportunity afforded Ariana to travel to Istanbul, Turkey to meet alumni of this school and facilitate a conference to work on capacity development for the Iranian women attendees. After attending IAWF Women's Leadership Conference at Georgetown University, Ariana had the opportunity to meet, Mahnaz Afkhami (Founder of Women's Learning Partnership and Former Minister of Women's Affairs of Iran). This opportunity then opened the door to a new adventure for Ariana which was to work at Women's Learning Partnership, she contributed to the start of their online learning portal, Aban. She managed and edited all WLP training manuals to provide curriculum development tailored for regional courses, primarily for women in the MENA region and beyond.