Kimia Pakdaman is an associate on the business and program development team at the Milken Institute supporting strategy and engagement with strategic partners both domestically and internationally to fund programs that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health. Before joining the Institute, Pakdaman supported Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, one of the largest nonprofit community action agencies in the U.S., in resource development and data tracking. In this role, she supported over 30 programs with grant research, writing, and submittal to federal and local governments and foundations. She cultivated her interest in economic and social development while serving as a primary teacher specialist in The Gambia for the U.S. Peace Corps from 2014 to 2016. Pakdaman holds a B.A. in international affairs with a concentration in development from the George Washington University. She works in the Institute’s Santa Monica office.