Shiva Sarram was born and raised in Tehran, Iran during the devastating Iran-Iraq war - a war that resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties. Her family moved to Europe briefly and eventually, to the United States where she has resided since the early 1980's. Shiva attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics. She then worked on Wall Street for Chase Manhattan Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Tiger Management and McKinsey & Company.
Shiva has been involved with philanthropic efforts for over twenty years including serving on the Board of the Tiger Foundation for a decade, a $100 million dollar grantmaking foundation working to break the cycle of poverty for children and families in New York City. Her passion for war-affected children as well as her education in economic development, led her to the extraordinary vision and founding of the Blossom Hill Foundation. She resides in New Canaan, CT with her husband and two children where she is actively involved in a number of social justice and political issues including climate change and sensible gun law reform.
The Blossom Hill Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that funds innovative ideas to help children affected by conflict in the Middle East. Their vision is for a world where conflict-affected children thrive. Founder and Executive Director, Shiva Sarram was born and raised in Tehran, Iran during the devastating Iran-Irag war and has resided in the United States since the early 1980s. Her passion for war-affected children as well as her education in economic development, led her to the extraordinary vision and founding of the Blossom Hill Foundation.Bard MBA student Esra Elshafey spoke with Shiva about the Blossom Hill Foundation.