Mandana Afrassiabi moved from Iran in 1990 with a background in English literature and translation. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1996 from the Dental Hygiene Program with a Bachelor of Science degree. She believes that before expecting much from our community need to give our best to it. For this reason, since 1999, along with her husband and family, she has been supporting Persian culture and education through the Afrassiabi Endowment for the Department of Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Washington. An annual lecture on Iranian literature, history and culture open to the public, and many scholarships have been awarded through this Endowment to students.
Mandana has been inspired by IACA since the 2008 Iranian Festival at Seattle Center, and by the great sense of unity, community and diversity that IACA has evoked. She started by motivating children and families to get involved in annual Iranian festivals, and she promoted persian culture by organizing classes for children and youth. Mandana has been a strong supporter and advocate of IACA almost since its inception and she has been involved with Nowruz celebrations, community ventures and fundraising events.