Bahareh “B” Moradi joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in May 2004, as a special projects officer in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs where she worked on the Fulbright Program and bureau special events. Since May 2006, she has worked as a special assistant in the Office of Global Educational Programs responsible for a variety of special initiatives including International Education Week, EducationUSA advising services for Iranian students, and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, which aims to diversify the U.S. study abroad population by providing thousands of scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need. She graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2003 with a B.A. in Middle East studies and a minor in international relations.
Prior to joining the civil service, she worked as a legal assistant in a patent law firm in Old Town Alexandria. She is now in her second year as an evening student at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she is also a Dean’s Fellow, providing substantive legal programming and mentoring to first year students. Her interest in international exchanges results from her background as an Iranian immigrant who moved to the United States at the age of three. Two of her uncles studied in the United States as international students prior to the 1979 revolution. She is fluent in Persian and a dialect spoken in the northern part of Iran, and a novice in Spanish.