Neda Nobari, Vice Chair of the Foundation Board, San Francisco State University
Neda Nobari is the current Vice Chair of the Foundation Board at San Francisco State University, Former Chair and current member of the Investment Committee, Alumna of the Year 2020 and an inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame.
Ms. Nobari graduated from San Francisco State University in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer Science. After a brief career as a software engineer, Ms. Nobari spent the next 22 years at bebe as the Vice Chair of the Board, Vice President of Design, Merchandising and licensing in addition to a myriad of other positions throughout the growth phase. In 1996 the company went public and the market capitalization reached $1.2 billion as Neda exited in 2006.
Transitioning after two decades in business, in 2007 Ms. Nobari established her private family foundation and to support her commitment to an equitable future, she has contributed over $10 Million in grants and endowments to date.
In 2015, Ms. Nobari earned her Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College while her two sons finished college in Boston. Neda’s graduate research focused on the intersection of diaspora and cultural identity of Iranian-American women which inspired her to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University in 2016 with a historic $5 million gift.
Ms. Nobari has been an integral supporter of a wide array of campus initiatives including her contributions to the establishment of the Green Fund and the Sustainable Student Investment Fund during her tenure as the Investment Committee Chair.