Ms. Marjan Mobasser
Marjan Haghani Mobasser is a graduate of American University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Prior to Joining IACC, she was a stay-at-home mom for seven years. During that time, she perfected her time management and organizational skills.
She has also worked for renown company, Tiffany & Co for ten years. She is committed to sharing the rich and deep Iranian culture.
Mrs. Parinaz Ziai Bahadori
Director of Art Programs
Parinaz was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States in 1977. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Art History and History and received a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. Although she is a licensed architect, she really prefers creating art and attending art exhibits. After she designed a small café (Kristina’s Café) in DC a few years ago, she volunteered to be a “curator” there. That experience proved to be so satisfying that she is excited to now volunteer at the IACC as a curator.
Parinaz has always been active at her children’s schools, her college leadership, the Brown Women’s mentoring program, the McLean ArtFest, and the Great Falls Studios.
Mr. Amir Golalipour
Amir Golalipour was born in Mashhad, Iran in 1987. His educational identity is shaped in gifted and talented schools from elementary to high school. At the age of 18, Golalipour was accepted into the College of Civil Engineering, at University of Tehran, the most respected university in Iran. His social activities started from his membership at the directory board of the Library Research Center, where he helped to establish the first “Think Tank” in that center. Golalipour was also elected as a representative of the Civil Engineering Student Association, which continued for three years. In March 2010 he graduated with a BA in Civil Engineering and moved to the United States in summer of 2010 to pursue his Master and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as the vice-president and president of Persian Student Society (PSS) at University of Wisconsin during his graduate school. He graduated with doctorate degree in 2013. He is working as a researcher in field of pavement and infrastructure. Amir is an active volunteer in numerous non-profit or charity organizations such as Iranian-American Community Center (IACC), Horton’s Kid and Omid Foundation which are focused on community development, children education and women empowerment respectively. In addition, he spends some of his time to organize and help cultural events as well.
Mr. Behfar Bahadoran
Director of Music Institute
Behfar Bahadoran is a musician from Iran and holds his bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. He moved to the United States in 2005 and developed his career as a musician and a music instructor in the greater Washington D.C. Area. He has performed at many prestigious venues including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Lincoln Center in New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Freer Shackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City and many more. He studied violin with maestro Homayoun Khorram at an early age and Iranian percussions and in particular Daf with Ramin Rahimi and Arsalan Sedigh. Behfar has also performed as a percussionist, composer, and tar player (a traditional lute shaped instrument from Iran) with many well-known musicians. He continues his journey in the field of art and music by performing and composing music and creating artwork in different media.