Dr. Nina Ansary is President of The Ansary Foundation, a Houston-based, nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of education, healthcare, child care, youth-related problems, adult literacy and other public welfare issues, as well as greater international cooperation and better understanding among the community of nations.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since. Growing up in New York City, she received her B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College and her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. In 2013, Dr. Ansary received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.
As an avid philanthropist, she serves on the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University, on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of the IAWF (Iranian American Women’s Foundation), and the Advisory Board of the Pacific Youth Foundation.
Dr. Ansary is an elected member of the Everychild Foundation and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the U.S. National Committee for U.N. Women (USNC) organizations dedicated to public policy and supporting education, charitable and gender-related causes.
Since establishing a social media presence in March 2014, Dr. Ansary’s work has found support in a rapidly growing fan base of over 200,000 journalists, feminists, politicians, scholars, filmmakers, women and men of all ages, from diverse religions and backgrounds, who have joined her Facebook and Twitter platform to share, discuss, and promote the accomplishments of Iranian women. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and Women’s eNews, an award-winning news website which recently honored her as one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century.