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Board Members

Spojmie Nasiri received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis and her Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University, School of Law in San Francisco, California. Mrs. Nasiri is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mrs. Nasiri currently practices immigration law exclusively and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

In addition to serving as president of We Have Hope Foundation, she successfully runs the Law Office of Spojmie Nasiri, an immigration law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mrs. Nasiri was selected by the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers for 2015, American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Lawyers under 40 in 2015. Mrs. Nasiri was also selected as a Northern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2015 and 2016. Mrs. Nasiri was born in Paktia, Afghanistan and raised in the United States. In addition to English, she is fluent in Pashto and Dari.


Spojmie Ahmady Nasiri, Esq.


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Ihsan Shagiwal, MBA

Vice President

Ihsan was born in Afghanistan and has spent a big portion of his life in a refugee camp in Pakistan. He is a Human Resources professional and has worked for several years with reputable organizations including the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan which gave him the opportunity to work closely with the most isolated communities in the rural areas of Afghanistan.

In addition to serving at We Have Hope, Ihsan also works for a non-profit that provides support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead lives of independence and prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and has earned his MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. Ihsan also hold a Bachelors of Business Administration from KARDAN University of Afghanistan.



Aria Alokozai


Besides serving on the board of directors for We Have Hope Foundation, Aria also works at Golden Gate Regional Center, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Francisco Bay area, and studies Management and Decision Science at the San Francisco State University. Aria has a rich experience of volunteering and working with nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad. Among other nonprofits, she has also volunteered with Solace for the Children, an organization that provides medical care, education and leadership development for the Afghan children affected by war.

Emily became involved in the Khan Academy Pashto translation project after watching how Khan Academy changed her friend Sultana's life. Sultana (who is from Kandahar, Afghanistan) used her Khan Academy education to pursue her dream of studying physics in the United States. Emily studied Business Management at the University of Iowa and currently works as a Sales Development Consultant. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.  

Emily Roberts

Treasurer/Director of Donor Communications 

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Humah Bargzie

Board Member 

Humah Bargzie Talai is a college counselor at Los Medanos College and has five years experience in higher education. She attained her Master's in College Counseling degree in 2013 from San Francisco State University. She was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and came to the United States as a refugee when she was eight years old. Humah has extensive experience and thereby extensive ties within the Afghan community.

She has served as Vice-President of the Society of Afghan Professionals and VP of The Afghan Cultural Society. Her leadership has spanned over two decades and she has an intimate understanding of her Afghan community and its needs. Currently she heads the California Chapter of the  Pashtun Tahafuz Movement. In 2016, Humah and her friend led a humanitarian trip to Greece to provide financial assistance and translation services for Afghan refugees. In her spare time, she enjoys learning to read and write in Pashto, listening to Pashto music, and learning Afghanistan's rich history and culture.

Nasrina Bargzie was born in Afghanistan and grew up in Concord, California. She is an attorney and engages in complex commercial litigation for Fortune 100 companies, has an extensive background in civil and human rights having worked for years at the national American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project and directed the Asian Law Caucus’ National Security and Civil Rights Program for over four years where she also led her program’s organizing work to reach Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South and Central Asian communities.

Nasrina taught Federal Global Litigation at Stanford Law School and is active in international human rights organizing spaces. Nasrina holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Cal State East Bay and a Jurist Doctor from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Nasrina Bargzie

Board Member 





Qahar has been involved in the Khan Academy Pashto translation project since 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Kabul University. Qahar’s commitment to his community urged him to start volunteering with different non-profit platforms; i.e. He was a team leader in AIESEC, an international non-governmental non-profit youth leadership organization that creates internship and social impact projects for young people. Moreover, his professional experience includes, working with GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation), and the Ministry of Energy and Water of Afghanistan.


Qahar was born in Laghman, Afghanistan. He participated in two international science Olympiads on behalf of his country in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In addition to his native languages, Qahar is fluent in English and Turkish. His hobbies are reading sci-fi novels and playing cricket.

Qahar Niazai

Translation Team Lead

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