About Us

President: Paula M. Jones, Esquire

Paula has been practicing international estate law for twenty years, spending much of her career at international law firms.  She opened her own practice in 2016.  For a decade prior to practicing law she managed the membership of an international trade association.  She is thrilled to be able to combine her love of food and organizational skills to Zia, benefiting her city’s most vulnerable population.



Vice President: Dr. Mehran Yazdanian

Mehran Yazdanian, Ph.D. leads a team of scientists in the area of drug discovery and development of drug delivery technologies for a global pharmaceutical company. He moved to Philadelphia in 2004 and made it his home. He is a supporter of philanthropic causes in the city to make it a better place to live for all Philadelphians. Specifically, he is excited to use his time and energy for an opportunity to help erase hunger as an issue for Philadelphia’s school children.



Secretary/Treasurer: Richard A. Balka

Rich is a the Owner, President and CEO of the Home Rubber Company, a 135 year-old manufacturing company based in Trenton, New Jersey. Rich brings his entrepreneurial skills and creativity to Zia.  Rich is the third generation of Philadelphians in his family and remains committed to his deep roots in the area.