Staff

I-House is hiring!

Join our team! We are hiring for two positions:

Staff

Kate Burch
Interim Executive Director
Director of Operations


kate@ihousedavis.org

Kate has a wide range of experience supporting non-profits. Prior to joining I-House, Kate was the Business Office and Human Resources Manager for a small non-profit organization, supporting all back-office functions while enabling public-facing staff to focus on volunteers and programming. Kate previously served as the Director of the California LGBT Health & Human Services Network, a statewide coalition making policy change to address LGBTQ health disparities. While there, she was one of the premier LGBTQ health policy advocates in California and recognized nationally for her work ensuring that California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act fully included LGBTQ people. Kate managed over $1 million in Outreach, Education, and Enrollment grants from Covered California, reaching over 1.5 million LGBTQ community members in California. Kate has worked as the Legislative and Policy Assistant for Health Access California, a Program Analyst for the Office of the Patient Advocate, a Community Organizing Resident with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and a middle school science teacher in East Los Angeles. Kate is also the Treasurer and a founding member of Kol Rinah, a new Jewish community in Sacramento.

Kate holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Biology and Religion, an M.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Secondary Education, an M.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology, and is currently working on an M.B.A. from American Public University.

Kate grew up in the Los Angeles area, raised as a Nichiren Buddhist within a large extended Mexican Catholic family, and converted to Judaism as an adult. She and her wife adopted their two kids from foster care, and are in the process of adding another sibling set to their family. She lives in Sacramento with her wife, 2 (for now) kids, 3 dogs, and 1 cat.

 

Anoosh Jorjorian
Program and Outreach Manager 


anoosh@ihousedavis.org

Anoosh Jorjorian holds a Master’s Degree in Culture in Performance from UCLA, and she brings a history of community organizing, marketing, and publishing to her position as Programs and Outreach Manager at International House Davis.

She has worked with the Davis Phoenix Coalition to develop the Gatherings Initiative: Connecting Communities for Action series, and she volunteers as the coordinator for Yolo Rainbow Families. She has worked on campaigns to stop gun violence, support immigrant communities in Yolo County, ensure safe schools for trans and gender-diverse youth, institute police oversight, and promote fair pay for teachers. She has managed social and traditional media promotion for these campaigns, and she founded the Yolo Justice and Action Network, a Facebook-based clearinghouse of progressive events in Yolo County.

She is also a published author, with bylines in Time, Salon, the Huffington Post, AlterNet, and Black Girl Dangerous, and she helped revise the landmark women’s health book, Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century.

Jorjorian has both a multicultural and an international background. Her families come from Armenia and the Philippines, and she grew up in Sacramento. In addition to living in Boston and Los Angeles, she has lived in Senegal in West Africa and Fiji in the South Pacific.

 

Shahzana Ali
Volunteer and Visitor Experience Coordinator 


shahzana@ihousedavis.org

Shahzana helps plan and coordinate International House Davis’s language classes and also works with the volunteers, which are crucial parts of the events and daily workflow of the organization.

Shahzana began as a volunteer and worked with the International Festival, and she also taught an Indian cooking workshop. In August 2018, she received the coveted SEN Award for outstanding service as a volunteer. She joined our paid staff first as a Facilities Assistant, adding to her knowledge of the workings of I-House. She then graduated to her current position, and still teaches a cooking class when she is able. Her goal is to make all visitors feel that they are welcomed and comfortable in our home-like environment.

Shahzana has a degree in journalism from India. She is also a certified Zumba instructor, where her journey at I-House began when she taught a class for a year. She is also a community theater artist and won an ELLY award for her performance in the documentary play, “SEVEN.”

 

Rijin Sahakian
Senior Consultant


rijin@ihousedavis.org

Rijin Sahakian comes to the International House with nearly twenty years of experience in the cultural arts sector. Upon completing her MA in Art and Public Policy at New York University, she received a Fulbright award for postgraduate research in Jordan, leading her to found the nonprofit initiative Sada for contemporary Iraq, conducting education, production, and advocacy programs for college level art students in Baghdad, Iraq. Sahakian ran Sada for five years between Amman, Beirut and Baghdad before shutting its doors due to rising instability in 2015. Sahakian has worked as a curator in the US and internationally, including the Montalvo Arts Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She has contributed essays to artist books, catalogs, and publications, and lectured widely at centers from Ashkal Alwan in Beirut to the California Institute of the Arts.

Much of Sahakian’s work has been oriented towards developing multi-faceted, cross disciplinary programming to facilitate new opportunities for engagement by participants and audiences alike. The International House’s commitment to steering its future to act as a regional center for rigorous, innovative international programming as well as a conduit for collaboration amongst the many communities and organizations that comprise Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties, is an exciting step that Sahakian is enthused to build forward.

 

International House Davis Telephone (Main): 530.753.5007

10 College Park

Davis, CA 95616