Reza was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. After receiving his degree in Political Science in Iran he moved to the U.S. and received his master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University. He has been working with high school students as a teacher, advisor, and administrator for almost 30 years, mostly in Seattle.
Reza personally invested the necessary finances and did the research and planning to create the pilot Bright Future Program in 1998 at John Marshall Alternative High School. By allowing access to advanced workforce education programs at community colleges, the Bright Future Program creates meaningful options for those high school students who are not on a four-year college track. The academic and career advising and comprehensive case management component of the Bright Future Program helps students and parents navigate the ever-complex high school and college system. Since its inception, the Bright Future Program has served more than 250 students from 24 high schools from 5 school districts. In 2007, the Bright Future Program received the Golden Apple Award. Reza is an advisor to the Board of Bright Future Dollars for Scholars and a member of Governor’s Health Workforce Diversity Advisory Committee.