Stefania Magidson

Founder and president

Blue Heron Foundation

Stefania Magidson was born in Romania and in 1983 immigrated with her family to the United States. She received a BS in Health Education and a Master’s in Applied Psychology. Stefania Magidson is the founder and president of Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora, focusing on improving the quality of life of Romanian and Moldovan orphaned youth by providing them greater access to life’s opportunities through merit based college scholarships in Romania. To date, the organization has raised over  $1,800,000, has awarded over 300 college scholarships and has touched the lives of over 2,900 kids (www.blueheronfoundation.org). Stefania is a supporter of the UCLA Graduate School of Education, The Everychild Foundation and the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival; she serves on the board of Advisors of the Wende Museum, is the Chair of the Romanian Film Committee of the South-East European Film Festival and Co-Chair of the Parents’ Council at Tisch School of the Arts.  She is the author of the book “Searching for the White Magician” a series of dialogues where she explores themes ranging from immigration and philanthropy to spiritual psychology and self-realization. Stefania lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.