Sara MoussavianSara Moussavian, of Palo Alto, is known for her statewide advocacy work on California’s Disability History Week legislation and her volunteerism in the YO! Disabled and Proud program as well as the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities. She has received recognition for her work by the California Legislature and the National Council on Independent Living. Moussavian was last employed at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center as a Youth Leader before transferring to SFSU. Moussavian, has been a dedicated public service volunteer and intern on several occasions. She has volunteered at her local YMCA, YO! Disabled & Proud, the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities and the National Youth Leadership Network, and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. She has interned at her local Boys and Girls Club. Sara is passionate about empowering young people with disabilities and hopes to represent the youth voice for positive change as a State Independent Living Council member.
Sara worked tirelessly to secure a legislative sponsor and to ensure the passage of California’s ACR 162 – Disability History Week legislation. In July 2010, Sara was presented with a certificate of recognition from former Assembly-member (now Senator) Jim Beall Jr. for her work in the Disability History Week Campaign. In addition, Sara was also awarded the national Diana Vietz award by the National Council on Independent Living in July 2013. Sara remains an active member of YO! Disabled & Proud and has also assisted in the 2012 and 2013 Youth Leadership Forum, YLF. She served as a member of the YLF Program Committee and as an Interim Co-Chair for this committee. During the summer of 2013, Sara served as an Intern for her local Boys and Girls Club. While interning at the club she assisted first grade students in a low – income communities in improving their academic and social skills. Sara graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Persian Studies. During the Fall and Spring Semesters of the 2012 – 2013 Sara was on the Dean’s List.