Mandana Dayani is the Creator and Co-founder of I am a voter., a nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement. She is also the co-host of The Dissenters podcast with actress and activist, Debra Messing, where they highlight the journeys of 20 of their heroes, including: Jane Fonda, Patrisse Cullors, Hillary Clinton, Shannon Watts, Glennon Doyle, and Lena Waithe.
Mandana began her career as a corporate attorney at top international law firm, Paul Hastings. She then worked as a talent agent where she developed licensing and endorsement opportunities for celebrities before going in house to work with stylist and entrepreneur, Rachel Zoe, to launch the Rachel Zoe Collection and to launch and lead her company’s initiatives in business development, digital media, strategic investments, licensing, publishing, endorsements, and television production. After 6 years, Mandana joined EBTH as Chief Brand Officer where she served as part of the leadership team which raised $84.5 million in venture capital, built its strategy and teams across all its consumer-facing functions, and sold and produced its eponymous TV show to HGTV. She is also the founder of The Learning Series, an event series for women leaders.
Mandana earned her JD from the USC Gould School of Law and her BA from the University of Southern California. She is an immigrant from Iran and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Peter Traugott, and their two daughters.