Noosheen Hashemi

President and Co-Founder, HAND Foundation

Noosheen Hashemi

President and Co-Founder, HAND Foundation

Noosheen Hashemi, president and co-founder of The HAND Foundation, is a philanthropist with a passion for entrepreneurship and economic development.

Since 2003, Ms. Hashemi has led The HAND Foundation's efforts to prevent child sexual abuse, strengthen the global middle class, and advance the philanthropic sector. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Hashemi co-founded and chaired PARSA Community Foundation, the first Iranian-American community foundation that made grants to Iranian and American nonprofits based in the U.S., Europe, and Turkey. She was founding partner of the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), a non-partisan organization that promotes and supports diaspora-centered initiatives in countries and regions of diaspora origin.

Since 1997 Ms. Hashemi has been an independent investor and advisor in the software industry. In 1996 she joined Quote.com, a profitable personal finance pioneer, as vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to that, Ms. Hashemi held various management positions at Oracle Corporation between 1985 and 1995, where she took active part in software's meteoric rise as an industry. She was appointed director of finance and administration in 1988 and named vice president in 1990. In 1991, she won Oracle's Against All Odds Award for her role in the company's financial turnaround. In 1993, she led the expansion of Oracle services as vice president of marketing and business development for Oracle's Worldwide Education.

Ms. Hashemi is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the CEDAW Human Rights Award for Philanthropy, and the Girl Scouts Forever Green Leadership Award. She served as a board member of the New America Foundation from 2005 to 2012 and as an advisory member to The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 2012. She is presently a trustee of India Community Center and Crisis Action Network, as well as an advisory member to Stanford’s Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Ms. Hashemi holds a B.S. in economics from San Jose State University and an M.S. in management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was also a Sloan Fellow.

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