Elika Dadsetan-Foley is VISIONS’ new Executive Director as of March 2nd, 2020. She is joining VISIONS following years of work as a director, in nonprofits and higher education, years teaching as a professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, and a decade of work in development and humanitarian contexts in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Most of her work abroad included access to education and child protection, as well as juvenile justice, restorative practices, and psychosocial programming all over the world. While her original plan was to travel the world fighting injustice, she’s looking forward to growing her roots in Boston and focusing on VISIONS’ diversity, equity, and inclusion work. She is Persian-American, was accidentally locked out of Iran because of the revolution, discovered unconditional love in her dogs, rebelled against her parents by getting a law degree instead of becoming a doctor, and takes Taco Tuesday religiously. She lives in the South Shore with her partner Sean, and their dogs, Server and Oreo.