Rangineh Azimzadeh Tehrani, MA, CPF is the daughter of Mohammad and Anna Azimzadeh Tehrani. Her earliest years were rooted in Tehran where she lived with her parents and brother during the Iran/Iraq war, an experience that ultimately set the foundation for her commitment to peace and conflict transformation work. Growing up in a bicultural family, Rangineh had an inherent curiosity about, and interest in, learning different cultures and world views from an early age. This curiosity coupled with her deep commitment to peace and conflict transformation had a significant influence on her academic journey. Rangineh went on to receive her B.A. in Communications Studies from Portland State University, and her M.A. in International Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. As part of her academic work and commitment to integration of a broader worldview, Rangineh studied Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. She also completed academic programs in Italy, Cyprus, Thailand, and Cambodia, as well as professional development programs in Palestine, Czech Republic, and Turkey.
Today, Rangineh is a Circle Practitioner, Certified Professional Facilitator©, and the Principal and Founder of Solh Resolutions International. She has over 15 years of experience facilitating deeply human spaces that center connection and community, and has worked with cross-sector organizations (locally and nationally) ranging from community-based organizations to local governments. As part of her international body of work, Rangineh served as part of a global facilitation team that trained Saudi executive health care professionals in facilitation methods as part of the country’s 2030 Vision, for which the project won an IAF Gold Impact Award. Rangineh lives into her core values of empathy and self-awareness through her work with The Circle Way (TCW), a circle methodology that offers a counter-cultural, equity-centered approach to working with groups while shifting organizations from transactional places into relational spaces.
Rangineh also continues to draw from her early experiences in Iran to inform her unique approach to conflict. Her Conflict Consciousness Workshop Series creates a carefully curated container for groups to take a deeply introspective view of how and why they show up in conflict as the first steps to cultivating true transformation. She also understands the need for, and value of healing in the face of the compounding effects of systematic oppression. To this end, Rangineh curates spaces intentionally designed for healing and restoration. In addition to Racial Healing Circles, this includes Solh Circles as well as workshops designed to do the tender work of healing through grief with the support of community.
Rangineh has also received professional honors including serving as a Senior Fellow (Class XXII) with the American Leadership Forum Mountain-Valley Chapter, being named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and serving as a Fellow with the Institute of International Public Policy from 2003-2009.