Neda Nobari

Founder, Neda Nobari Foundation
Former vice chair of bebe stores, inc.
San Francisco State alumna

"Every person should have the opportunity to pursue a quality education. I have a sense of allegiance and gratitude for having had that opportunity at San Francisco State."

Neda Nobari left Iran for the United States at the age of 15 to pursue education and opportunities not available in her home country.

As a computer science student at SF State she experienced a sense of freedom and acceptance that opened her vision to life’s possibilities.

Neda joined bebe stores, inc. after graduation and maintained an active role in developing the business from three stores in 1984 to a publicly traded, international company with a market capitalization that grew to more than $1 billion in 2006 by the time she left.

Neda’s generous support of SF State is helping to transform the campus and the lives of its students.

Her contributions, including a leadership gift to the renovated and expanded J. Paul Leonard Library and assistance to former foster youth challenged with navigating college years without traditional family support, represent her giving beliefs and personal commitment to making a difference.

Neda’s giving strategy is reflective of her focus on creating leverage and maximizing effective impact. She bases this strategy on her experience in business’s bottom line: Return on Investment.