Dornaz left Iran with the dream of being a human rights activist. She worked in the area of human rights and women’s rights at Freedom House and Persianate Global Network. Dornaz is a staunch advocate of the LGBTQ Community. Before joining NIAC she worked for the Commission on the Status of Women and the LGBTQ Commission of San Mateo County.
Dornaz graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a major in Political Science. She holds a Master of Public Administration with focus on nonprofit management from the University of Baltimore, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.