Mizgon Darby


Mizgon is a born and raised Hayward native, and the daughter of immigrant and refugee parents. Her world is driven by serving communities that are frequently ignored, do not have access to the resources they need to thrive, and are brimming with hope. 

Mizgon has over 15 years experience in fundraising, marketing, communications, and program development. Previously, Mizgon was the Executive Director of Art in Action, a founding team member of a start-up early literacy tech non-profit (LitLab), a program director of a mental health project and has worked as a consultant specializing in grant writing, public relations, internal and external communication planning, digital marketing, and program scaling for non-profits, universities, and corporations throughout the state. In 2001, Mizgon published the first Afghan-American magazine in the US. She has also worked as a freelance writer focused on telling the stories of otherwise silenced communities and programs, and has been published in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other major newspapers and publications internationally. 

Mizgon is a CSUEB Alumni Association 2018 40 Under 40 Award recipient, and 2019 Ulysses Medal for Leadership in Refugee Health recipient from UC Davis Health. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature, received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Global Innovation.

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