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Melissa (she/her) moved to L.A. to join IDA by way of her native New York, Philadelphia, an earlier brief stint in L.A., Washington D.C., and Chicago--in that order. As such, she no longer has much of an accent, but she does know an unusual lot about regional sandwiches. She holds an M.A. in Public History and became a grant writer quite by happy accident. She loves bookstores, riding her bike, old movies, Bruce Springsteen and the Grateful Dead, and she lives for dogs – especially her super senior basset hound, Sue.
I am a fundraiser and non-profit manager with 20 years in LA’s philanthropic community. Being at IDA connects my love for storytelling with my
Anisa Hosseinnezhad (She/They) is an Iranian Artist and Filmmaker. Their film and video work focuses on issues of displacement, immigration, and the