Norooz is the most enduring Persian tradition! It’s shared by people of many beliefs, ethnicities and religions!

As Iranian-Americans, we celebrate Norooz in the United States and spread good spring cheer to our neighborhoods, schools and the community at large.

There are more than 4,500 colleges and universities in the U.S.  Some house Persian student associations that host lectures, convene meetings and share Persian culture through events and concerts.

HAND Foundation intends to strengthen these organization by supporting their efforts to reach out to populations outside of the Persian community.

Our hope is that Norooz becomes a mainstream American tradition where, together, we celebrate the beginning of spring and renewal of life on earth!

If you have any more questions please contact us.

About Us

Noosheen Hashemi

Noosheen Hashemi is founder and CEO of January.ai, a precision health company in Menlo Park, Calif. An angel investor and business advisor with a focus on disruptive ideas and platforms, Noosheen has more than three decades of experience building the leadership and execution capabilities of early stage companies to deliver growth and profitability on a global scale.

Along with her husband, Zod Nazem, Noosheen manages a family office with a diverse portfolio of over 90 startups and several limited partnerships in various funds. She is an advisor to Cloud Lending Solutions, a global cloud infrastructure company; Radius, an insights-driven marketing intelligence platform; and AnyRoad, an experiential marketing platform for the world’s most innovative brands.

Noosheen spent the early part of her career at Oracle Corporation where, as vice president of finance and administration, she built the critical sales and administrative capacity that allowed the company to scale revenues from $26 million in 1985 to $3 billion in 1995 and a market cap of $19 billion.

A philanthropist and outspoken advocate on behalf of the vulnerable and disenfranchised, Noosheen is the cofounder and president of HAND, a family foundation that provides financial, advisory, and advocacy support to hundreds of organizations and dozens of scholars and social entrepreneurs dedicated to protecting the young, and promoting the socioeconomic growth and advancement of individuals. Noosheen serves on the advisory boards of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Ploughshares Fund, and Eurasia Foundation, and is a Harold Pratt Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Noosheen’s philanthropic efforts have been honored by the World Affairs Council, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and Girl Scouts of America. She has been recognized as one of Gentry magazine’s top 50 philanthropists in San Francisco Bay Area in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Born in Iran, Noosheen emigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1977. She holds a B.S. in economics from San Jose State University and an M.S. in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Raana Kashani

Raana Kashani is an attorney in San Jose, California.  Raana formed her own general practice law firm in 1999 after practicing at various law firms in San Jose and Iran.

Raana is passionate about politics, science, education for girls, healthy living and nutrition, debunking false assumptions, and her family.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Raana first came with her family to the United States in 1973, moved back and forth between the two countries, and completed her high school in Tehran at Iranzamin following the 1979 Iranian revolution.  She holds a B.A in Political Science and Chemistry from San Jose State University, and a J.D. from Santa Clara Law School where she was president of the Middle Eastern Law Student Association.


Kate Nowrouzi

Kate is the Senior Vice President of Global Email Deliverability and Compliance Operations at Sparkpost. She founded and built the Deliverability and Compliance Operation from the ground up. Her team helps Sparkpost Cloud customers achieve a high email inbox rate through following email marketing best practices. A recognized authority on email deliverability and anti-spam practices, Kate worked as an anti-abuse engineer at AOL anti- spam operation. Prior to that she was a Network Engineer at the pioneering ISP, UUNET/ Verizon. Kate continues to be an active voice in the worldwide messaging and anti-spam community. In her free time, she enjoys helping her local high school robotic team as a mentor. She is passionate about promoting the beautiful Persian culture at her local library, public schools, community and senior center by hosting Norooz Parties and educational sessions for both adults and kids.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Kate migrated to the United States in late 1990s. She holds a B.S. in Network Engineering and an M.S. in Telecommunication Technologies from Strayer University in Washington D.C. and Leadership and Decision Making Certificate from Stanford University continued studies.


Laya Zare