Announcing Two New Directors

Official Press Release | February 2, 2018

Announcing Two New Directors


Nick Belutty
The Franklin Foundation for Innovation
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Subhead: Welcoming Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq. and Dr. Navid Khodaparast


Radnor, PA: The Franklin Foundation for Innovation announces the appointment of two new directors to its executive board. Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq., and Dr. Navid Khodaparast were named to the board today by CEO Endre Jarraux Walls.

“The addition of these two experienced and passionate individuals to our current board will help ensure the Foundation’s ability to meet its mission of protecting our vital public schools both today and in the future.”, Endre Jarraux Walls, CEO

Dr. Navid Khodaparast is a product of public school education through grade, undergraduate, and graduate school. Dr. Khodaparast earned his Ph.D. in Cognition and Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Dallas and had the opportunity to teach and mentor over 100 undergraduate and graduate students. During his years in academia, he thoroughly enjoyed working with a team of young minds with the common goal to understand and enhance the brain.

Currently, Dr. Khodaparast works for a biomedical device company that continues to innovate and deliver neurotherapeutic solutions. Based on his background and personal interest, he is passionate to help The Franklin Foundation on all mission objectives. Specifically, as a father to two girls, he wants to provide all girls the opportunity to excel in STEM fields. Through his experience in academia and industry, he believes the level of innovation in American is slowly declining, while other countries are continuing to rise. Dr. Khodaparast joined The Franklin Foundation to reverse the trend.

Karima Mariama-Arthur is also a product of public school education and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at UC Davis. She was awarded a prestigious academic fellowship at Cornell University where she joined faculty in researching, evaluating, and presenting on fundamental issues affecting multicultural education. She earned her Juris Doctor at the Roger Williams University School of Law and clerked for Hon. Jacob Hagopian of the US District Court for Rhode Island. She also served as an Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Studies at Savannah State University.

Mariama-Arthur is the CEO of WordSmithRapport, a boutique consulting firm specializing in professional development and advisory services and is a practicing attorney. Mariama-Arthur is the author of Poised for Excellence (Palgrave Macmillan) and is featured in Flat World Navigation: Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy (KoganPage). She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for top tier business, career and professional coaches whose industry success has been publicly recognized. Additionally, Karima sits on the Editorial Board for the Silent Warrior, a publication produced by the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation, and is a regular contributor to the Human Capital Institute, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Success, Black Enterprise, and Speaker magazines, where she provides expert insight on professional development topics across industries. Mariama-Arthur has joined the board to help improve the same infrastructure that provided her the platform she needed to become one of the top female leaders in her field.

About our Foundation: The Franklin Foundation for Innovation is an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to protect America’s public education infrastructure to ensure all children have equal access to a quality public school education. Based in the Greater Philadelphia Region, they provide support to community-based education non-profits working toward the same goal of protecting public schools and operate programs that drive innovation in the public education space. For more information about The Franklin Foundation for Innovation call 215-650-7841 or visit


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