Kara Andrade, Ph.D., M.J.,
Member of Board of Directors and Strategic Communication Strategist
Kara Andrade, Editor in Chief at Carolina Public Press, has 20+ years of experience in journalism, media, social entrepreneurship, public health, and research. She's led projects in 20+ countries, focusing on inclusive narratives to address democracy challenges. As an Ashoka fellow and Fulbright scholar, she co-founded HablaCentro Informatics NFP and LLC, fostering citizen journalism hubs in Latin America during political crises.
Kara, an adjunct professor, holds an M.J. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from American University's School of Communication. Her dedication drives Carolina Public Press, an award-winning, nonpartisan news organization in North Carolina.
Founder & President
Ehsan, born in war-ravaged Afghanistan, endured forced migration at age 10 due to his persecuted ethnicity under Taliban rule, igniting his passion for positive change. At 24, he founded PR, a human rights-oriented policy research institute, providing fair, and fact-based analyses for constructive interventions. Currently leading a diverse team at PR, Ehsan also oversees student projects at the University of Washington and contributes to a cultural and health information program focused on underserved populations.
With over a decade of involvement in research, he collaborated with various local, regional, and global institutions. Ehsan's interests lie in data privacy, human-centered data & technology, digital and internet disparity.
Hassan Javid, Ph.D,
Member of Board of Directors & Lead Researcher
Hasan Javid supports immigrants and refugees in their resettlement journey. As an immigrant himself, he empathizes with their challenges, focusing on immigration, integration, identity, and culture. Javid holds a Ph.D. and a Master's in Economics, funded by full scholarships (MEXT) from the Japanese Government, and a bachelor's degree, supported by an ICCR scholarship from India.
Previously, he served as a Cultural Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and worked as Deputy Field Program Officer with USAID in Afghanistan for three years. Motivated by social justice, Javid envisions a fair society where all individuals, especially those facing discrimination and limited opportunities, lead fulfilling lives.
Senior Grants Manager
Perla, coming from New Mexico, enriches our team with her profound experience working with immigrant communities, which deeply informs our funding needs. Her commitment to advancing human rights extends across various states, advocating for vulnerable populations in the U.S., Mexico, and worldwide. Perla's expertise includes aiding victims of violence, championing the LGBT+ community, facilitating healthcare access, and collaborating on global initiatives, fostering social change.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Perla finds joy in brewing beer with her home-brewers club and cherishing moments spent with her loyal canine companion, Gizmo.
James Sherrell, MPH
Outreach & Development Manager
James has a rich background in human nutrition and maternal and child health, focusing on issues affecting people in low- and middle-income countries. His passion for communication has led him to design health education and advocacy campaigns for diverse communities, including refugee and unhoused populations here in Seattle, and social services outreach for the iconic Pike Place Market and Harborview Medical Center.
With a steadfast commitment to improving the health and well-being of underserved populations, James is incredibly excited to join Porsesh in partnering with communities and lifting up voices that too often go unheard.
Mohammad Reza Sharifi
IT and Information Specialist
Mohammad Reza Sharifi possesses a robust Computer Science background and discovered his teaching passion during 10th-grade ESL instruction at the Star Educational Society in Kabul. On an ICCR scholarship, he earned a Bachelor's in Computer Applications at the University of Mysore, concurrently working as a Web Developer at Shishira Softbiz Pvt, Ltd.
Sharifi nurtured his teaching and programming enthusiasm as a Programming Instructor at Shashwath Institute of Infomatrix and Technologies and Aptech Computer Education. He is now holding a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Mysore.
Manzoor Hussain Salihy
Manzoor Hussain Salihy is a seasoned Creative Designer, Photographer, and Team Leader with seven years of experience. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and typography, he excels in delivering high-quality projects on time across various print and digital mediums. Manzoor's leadership skills shine through process optimization and team morale boosting.
With a background in Computer Science from Kazakh National Pedagogical University, he is passionate about pushing creative boundaries and optimizing processes for efficient project management.
Fahim Ahmad Yusufzai
Fahim is a driven data analyst and accomplished researcher with a Master of Arts in Economics. His career highlights include impactful roles at institutions like The Asia Foundation (TAF), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Afghan Women Network (AWN), Assess Transform Reach (ATR) Consulting, and Institute of War and Peace Studies (IWPS), where he led and contributed to numerous national and sub-national studies.
His publication record covers essential topics, including peace, women's rights, and freedom of expression.
Mahbeigom Fayyazi is a dedicated Data Science Master's student at Rochester Institute of Technology through the Fulbright program. She brings a robust background in data engineering and analytics from her prior role as a Data Engineer at the Aga Khan Foundation. Her involvement in pioneering the 'Monitoring Women Empowerment in Afghanistan' project demonstrated her commitment to leveraging data for societal good.
Mahbeigom serves as a Co-Op Data Engineer at Retail Business Services, where she continues to harness her technical prowess.
Mahdi Surosh holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, concentrating on international security and human rights through the Fulbright program. As a native of Afghanistan, he previously worked with the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee and served as the head of communications and outreach at the Special Anti-Corruption Secretariat, High Council for Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption. Mahdi also documented development project results for organizations like the World Bank, USAID, and others while working with Rumi Consultancy. He obtained his bachelor's degree in journalism from Kabul University and is passionate about researching ethnic and religious conflicts in South Asia, good governance, human rights, and minority rights.
He currently serves as a Program Officer at Freedom House, where he provides support to Afghan human rights defenders and Afghan women both within Afghanistan and in exile.