Darya graduated from the The New School in 2012 with a concentration in conflict and security. Growing up in Brooklyn with a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, Darya’s interest in Middle East reconciliation efforts began early and led her to pursue a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at the McGill University. Upon graduating from McGill Darya began work as the COO at the multinational PeaceWorks Foundation where she was involved with the OneVoice Movement, an international movement supporting a two-state solution. Her experiences at PeaceWork Foundation influenced her decision to attend The New School and deepened her appreciation for grassroots activism and civil society’s role in creating change.
Presently based in New York, Darya is the Director of US Engagement for Leaders’ Quest, an international cross-sector social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world. To meet this objective Leaders’ Quest designs “Quests” to disrupt a person’s status quo and expose them to the world whether in their own backyard or across the globe.