Bookda moved to the U.S. from Iran in 1980. She has been living in Seattle for 27 years. A Social Worker by personal direction and formal training, Bookda is most passionate about social change and organizing communities around the root causes of social and economic inequities.
Executive Director, Mona Foundation (2014- January 2017):The Mona Foundation supports grassroots educational initiatives around the world which emphasize service to the community and increased opportunity for women and girls. The underlying basis for all the activities of the Mona Foundation is the belief that the key to eliminating poverty and achieving positive community transformation lies in universal education and gender equality. Since 1999, Mona Foundation has focused on these two priorities, with providing support of $8 million to 34 educational initiatives in 16 countries and providing quality education to more than 150,000 children annually.
Founding Executive Director, Global Washington (2008-2014): Global Washington is a one-of-a-kind membership organization in Washington State that convenes organizations and leaders in the global development community. As Executive Director, Bookda was responsible for building a major organization with global impact from the ground up
Executive Director, Social Justice Fund (2000-2008): Social Justice Fund works at the frontlines of social change, funding community-based organizations in the Northwest. As executive Director Bookda was responsible for a re-brand of a 25-year old foundation and moved the organization to change the name, image, brand and to embrace social justice philanthropy model by attracting cross-race and cross-class donor base to the foundation to address the root causes of social, economic and environmental inequities through strategic grant making efforts.
Executive Director of Cross Cultural Health Care Program (1993-2000): CCHCP’s mission is to help ensure underserved communities full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.
Clinical Director of Youth and Family Services for Center for Human Services (1990–1993): CHS's mission is to strengthen the community through counseling, education, and support to children, youth, adults, and families.
Bookda taught at University of Washington School of Social Work, Antioch University, and Bastyr University as adjunct faculty between 1995 and 2001.