Mizgon Zahir Darby joins Lead By Learning with over 15 years of management and C-level experience in Bay Area non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Lead By Learning, she has held leadership roles at The Primary School, RAFT, and Art In Action. In 2001, Mizgon published the first Afghan-American inter-generational magazine in the United States. Following the publication of her magazine, Mizgon worked as a freelance writer and speaker focused on telling the stories of marginalized and otherwise silenced communities and programs. Mizgon has been published in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other major newspapers and publications.
“I am a child of immigrant parents who was the first to be born and raised in the United States, in a particularly tough neighborhood in Hayward, CA. Growing up, my first language was not English, it was Farsi/Dari. Throughout my youth, my parents were more consumed with dealing with survival. It was the educators in my life that made a difference.”
Mizgon completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature, and received an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, the first Afghan-American graduate from the program. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Global Innovation from California State University East Bay. Her passion to make quality-learning tools and experiences available for educators and their students is rooted in her from childhood as the daughter of refugee parents. It was then strengthened by having developed and taught a course with limited resources at California State University East Bay’s MBA program.
When reflecting on the recruiting process with Edgility, Mizgon said “Working with Serena and the Edgility team was wonderful. Serena helped me stay informed every step of the way. I felt at ease knowing that she would always return an email or phone call with the many questions I had throughout the process. Thank you Serena and the Edgility team for an unparalleled experience! I started my first day of work with a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the organization and knew right off the bat that this is my forever home, and that is thanks to you!“