Darya Larizadeh has been a San Mateo County resident since 2008. She moved to the Bay Area to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law. Since graduating, Darya has devoted much of her career to policy research in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice reform and women’s rights. She has worked with organizations across the Bay Area including the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at U.C. Berkeley and Fresh Lifelines for Youth. Darya currently serves as a pro bono attorney for Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto in their Reentry Division.
In addition to her criminal justice work, Darya has advocated on behalf of women and other marginalized groups at a variety of organizations throughout the United States and abroad in India and Haiti.
Darya currently holds the position of the AVID Community Liaison for the Mountain View Los Altos High School District. In this role she is responsible for developing a career education program for students who will be the first generation in their families to go to college.
Prior to law school, Darya received a Master’s degree in political science from the City University of New York, Graduate Center and graduated with Honors from U.C. Santa Cruz, with a B.A. in politics.