MEET OUR TEAM
Teresa Choudhury Alam
CEO & Co-founder
Teresa has always been passionate about finding ways to connect with her Bangladeshi roots. She truly feels that Children of 1971 has given her a place where she belongs and will make a difference in the community. She believes through storytelling and building connections, we can heal and create healthier communities that celebrate our collective identity while respecting individuality.
Teresa is from Queens, NY, and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Psychology from the University at Albany. Her experiences are diverse and nonlinear; she has done everything from working with children of all ages, running a henna business, creating custom acrylic and oil paintings, organizing large scale cultural, educational, and social events for her community, to working at a marketing agency in NYC and more. She considers herself a Jill of all trades. One of her biggest passions has always been working with children with special needs. She currently works with two girls with spinal muscular atrophy, who are the strongest, smartest, and sweetest little girls she knows.
Aside from her day job and Children of 1971, Teresa enjoys watching the sunrise over Manhattan on her balcony, DIY-ing everything in her home, cooking warm meals to share with her friends and family, painting portraits, and traveling the world with her husband, Parviz.
Parviz has an entrepreneurial mindset and is always generating innovative ideas. With his BBA in Management, experience in strategic planning, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Parviz is a powerhouse team member who finds new opportunities for growth. His organizational emphasis on efficiency and sustainability has helped Children of 1971 swiftly grow in members and ambitions. Certified in digital marketing, Parviz also has experience in website development, social media analytics, and digital design. His primary interests and goals involve digital education in all disciplines.
Parviz’s default setting is performing root cause analysis. In plain words, he has an obsession with understanding everything. His natural habitat is him on his computer with hundreds of tabs open with topics spanning from medicine, world news, entertainment, technology, and the stock market. You have a question? He probably has an answer, and it’s probably a long one, so buckle in. A great conversationalist, but will sometimes put you to sleep by overloading you with information. A private person who likes to keep to himself, he was encouraged to be more socially involved because of his wife, Teresa, who loves interacting with the world.
Ashfia spends her time in the dark, lying on the couch and accumulating neck pain as she stares at a bright screen and types away. She is usually frazzled and stifling tears while editing stories about soft grandmothers, introspective travels, ordinary moments, and...well, she cries reading mostly all of the submissions. She is from New York, graduated from George Washington University a while ago, works a 9-5 job, and is married to a man who keeps never-ending lists of all her goals. Her therapist reminds her that to swim, she must first dip her feet in the water. This is a nicer way of telling Ashfia to start on her goals. She hopes to write consistently one day. For now, she hoards half-empty journals and scribbles introductions that seem more like conclusions. One goal that Ashfia has successfully kept up with is diving into Children of 1971’s mission, working with an incredible and supportive team of people, and helping heal the community through storytelling. She looks forward to more stories and content that will squeeze her heart and all of your hearts too.
Papiya was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A in Computer Science and Psychology. She worked as a software engineer for a few years before pivoting to the legal field. She is currently a paralegal and hopes to enter law school soon.
Papiya has always felt deeply connected to her Bangladeshi roots and joined Children of 1971 to learn and share knowledge. Since joining she’s been a part of multiple projects, such as drafting contracts, editing submissions, filing our Articles of Incorporation, and managing our Ask Apu Podcast. She loves creating genuine connections and exploring new ideas.
Papiya’s newest hobby, roller skating, has been a very humbling experience. Falling hurts…and supposably builds character. Papiya’s true passion is food. A good chicken wing can move her to tears and a hot bowl of ramen can soothe her soul in times of distress. However, nothing compares to her mom’s cooking. That is the ultimate comfort food. Papiya has tried and failed many times at replicating it. She’ll get it one day. Papiya also loves traveling, performing concerts in the shower, practicing acceptance speeches for awards she will never receive, and watching lots and lots of TV/Movies.
Translator & Facebook Manager
Anik translates all the stories to Bangla for our Facebook platform. He believes language is a valuable instrument in our communication and understanding of one another; it brings us together, whether we are native speakers or learners. What better way to share our experiences with each other than through an instrument that carries so much of our history and identity? Taking on the role of translating the stories to Bangla not only reinforced Children of 1971’s mission and vision but also gave Anik the chance to bridge the gap that exists between the older and younger generation.
Anik was born and raised in Bangladesh and spent most of his life in his hometown in Chittagong. He has a B.A. at Rutgers University with a double major in Information Technology and Human Resource Management. Anik works for the United States Postal Service as an Information Technology Analyst at their Washington DC headquarters location. He would like to pursue a master’s in information technology or a related field within the next few years. During his spare time, he likes to play soccer, watch movies, and learn something that might help to expand his knowledge or be useful in developing his professional career.
Fariha has always strived to learn more deeply about her Bangladeshi identity from traveling regularly to Bangladesh during school breaks to integrating Bengali cultural practices in her daily life. After establishing her university and state’s first undergraduate Bengali Student Association in order to educate her local community about her culture, she joined the Children of 1971 team to continue highlighting the Bengali culture and its peoples’ experiences through storytelling.
Fariha is from Raleigh, NC, and graduated with a B.S. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently taking a few gap years and pursuing diverse opportunities before applying to graduate school. Two notable facts are: her local Chipotle knows her by name and order, and she can serve as a Dhallywood, Bollywood, and Lollywood encyclopedia whenever needed. In her free time, she loves to try out new recipes, sip on a Coca-Cola, jam out to her 14hr Spotify playlist, or write poetry.
Zareen was drawn to Children of 1971 by her fascination with personal storytelling and with the Bangladeshi identity. She started as an editorial intern and is now running the newsletter, updating the website, and pitching new project ideas. She thrives in the excitement of fresh ideas that are yet to mature.
Zareen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. After graduating, she worked as a software engineer at a tech startup in San Francisco.
These days, Zareen is testing the waters of other personal interests, like writing and editing. She also makes cartoons for The New Yorker, rollerblades along the ocean, and watches copious amounts of television.
Social Media Coordinator
Amreen works primarily with the content team for our Ask Apu Podcast Instagram page, and previously worked in our editorial department. She was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, and intends to start her own family there someday. She grew up surrounded by people from all walks of life and wants to raise her children the same way – tolerant of all people. She is currently an M.S. candidate majoring in Business Analytics at Baruch College and has earned a B.A. in psychology from the University at Albany.
When Amreen first learned about Children of 1971, she knew right away that she wanted to work with them and make a difference in the Bangladeshi diaspora. She joined the team in March 2020 and enjoys content creating and curating because it brings out both her creative and practical sides. She believes strongly in Children of 1971’s mission and enjoys working with a team of dreamers to uplift communities and help people find their voices.
Arghya translates stories and helps bridge the gap in language among Bangladeshi Americans. Arghya was born and raised in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He spent more than half of his teenage life in Bangladesh before migrating to the United States in 2012. He is currently pursuing a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Computational Mathematics. He hopes to enlighten first-generation Bangladeshi Americans about the importance of our mother tongue, Bangla.
Noshin creates graphics for the page and website. She was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, and is currently an undergraduate student in New York. She majors in International Relations and Political Science, and her favorite part of classes are the debates. She plans to pursue a career in law. She has many hobbies, including drawing, painting, and reading. Her most recent pastime has been creating glass paintings. Noshin's most favorite thing to do though is finding a video game to her liking and playing under the warmth of stacked blankets.
Reza loves the process of tuning stories with our writers. He also occasionally enjoys checking for grammar. Reza was born in Queens, raised Upstate, and educated between Boston and London. He has worked as a management consultant on public health reforms and is interested in the policymaking process. He’s recently gotten into film photography and becoming Bengali-literate and co-hosts Uproar in the Studio, a podcast about Chinese blockbuster movies. Reza’s always looking for a good story to read with a cup of green tea.