Mr. Abbas Ali Behmanesh is a native of Iran who lived in Japan and Canada before migrating to the United States. During his studies at Gallaudet University, he was actively involved in Deaf organizations and served as the president of the Student Body Government. He had also served as a paraprofessional member of the Student Life residence program. He has a bachelor's degree in Deaf Studies and a master's degree in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Sign Language Teaching from Gallaudet University. As of 2013, he is working on a master's degree in Cultural Studies at Gallaudet University. He is fluent in Persian Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, South Korean Sign Language, and American Sign Language.