Donya Nasser (she/her/hers) is a passionate advocate for youth empowerment, gender equality, and racial equity. For over a decade, she has worked diligently to ensure the rights of young people, women, and marginalized communities to reproductive and sexual health services and rights, leadership representation, and intentional engagement. She has accomplished this through coupling advocacy efforts with policy change, most recently as the U.S. Gender Inequalities Delegate at the G7’s Youth Summit (Y7).
Donya served as the first Iranian-American U.S. Youth Observer to the UN and the youngest Board Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Action Fund. In this capacity, she worked to ensure that youth and people of color were being represented, included, and meaningfully engaged. She recently completed her term as a Board Trustee of the newly-reformed International Planned Parenthood Federation, an important entity that oversees sexual and reproductive health programs for over 200 million people globally. Further, she worked at the Center for the Developing Adolescent as the Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Equity prior to her graduate studies.
Donya is a Gates Foundation 120 Under 40 Family Planning Leader, Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Woman, and L’Oreal Woman of Worth. She graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and went on to receive a Fulbright Grant to Tajikistan. A 2021 recipient of the Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, she completed an MS in Health Policy at the Medical School where she researched the inequity in U.S. abortion access. Donya serves on the Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte Affiliate Board of Directors. She is currently in the School of Law pursuing her JD, and serves on the Reproductive Justice Pro-Bono Clinic and the Stanford Law and Policy Review.