Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi was born and raised in Northern California. She is writing a collection of short stories about growing up as a girl from a Muslim family in the eyes of friends, family, and strangers. She's spent the past fifteen years working at an alphabet soup of think tanks, non-profits, government agencies and startups in Washington D.C., New York and San Francisco. Ayeh has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in physics and economics from Caltech where she was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Totem.