وهیات مدیره

 

 

Staff

Award winning author, expert on U.S.-Iran relations and winner of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

 

TRITA PARSI

President

Jamal
NIAC Policy Director since 2009 and NIAC Action Executive Director. Previously served as Policy Advisor to U.S. Representative Brian Baird

 

JAMAL ABDI

Vice President of Policy

David
With NIAC since 2009, David has served as NIAC’s Policy Associate, Assistant Policy Director, Director of Operations, and is now COO.

 

DAVID ELLIOTT

Chief Operating Officer

Reza
NIAC Research Director since 2010, previously served in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State under Presidents Bush and Obama.

 

REZA MARASHI


Research Director

Donna
A veteran of campaigns to protect the environment, consumers and mobilize voters, Donna is now working to organize and empower Iranian Americans across the country.

 

DONNA FARVARD

National Organizing Manager

Sahar
Sahar returned to NIAC in 2017 after previously serving as Events and Office Administrator. Born in Iran, she is a graduate of George Mason University.

 

SAHAR FAHIMI

Events Manager

Shayan
Experienced trial lawyer and civil rights activist dedicated to to civil rights and social justice.

 

SHAYAN MODARRES

Legal Counsel

Ryan
An integral member of NIAC’s policy staff since 2013, Ryan monitors legislation, conducts research and writing, and coordinates advocacy efforts.

 

RYAN COSTELLO

Assistant Policy Director

Mina
A talented designer who joined NIAC in 2014, Mina graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Persian Studies and Government & Politics.

 

MINA JAFARI

Graphics & Communications Associate

Mahsa
Community Outreach Associate since January 2015, Mahsa works to empower Iranian Americans on the issues that matter most to them.

 

MAHSA PAYESTEH

East Coast Organizer

Adam
A former U.S. Marine and Afghanistan veteran, Adam received his J.D. from Temple University, where he focused on international, national security, and immigration law.

 

ADAM WEINSTEIN

Policy Associate

Samira
Samira is currently completing her master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Modern Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Iran and Persian language.

 

SAMIRA DAMAVANDI

Office Administrator

Ehsan
Ehsan joined NIAC in September 2017 as the Southern California Field Organizer.

 

EHSAN ZAHEDANI

Southern California Organizer

Dornaz
Dornaz left Iran with the dream of being a human rights activist. She worked for Freedom House and Persianate Global Network before joining NIAC.

 

DORNAZ MEMARZIA

Northern California Field Organizer

Board of Directors

NIAC is steered by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of leaders from across our community

Trita
Co-founder, NIAC.

 

TRITA PARSI

President

ali
Vice President, CFY Development.

 

said
Founder, World Singles Networks

 

SAÏD AMIN

Treasurer

michael
Founder & CEO, Primex World Inc.

 

marilyn
Founding Member, Persian Studies Advisory Group UNC

 

Payman
OB/GYN, New York Hospital

 

mohammad
President, United Capital Investments and Properties Inc.

 

sanam
Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network

 

Shokooh
Clinical Psychologist

 

Ali Reza
Founder, A&R Development Corp and Bluebridge Mining

 

ahmad
Founder & Chairman, Merex Inc.

 

kayvon
Founder & CEO, Sarmadi Brothers

 

Amy
Philanthropist

 

Board of Advisors

Prominent individuals with a wide range of knowledge and expertise who help provide strategic advice

THOMAS
Fmr. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

 

john
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador

 

wayne
Former Congressman, Maryland

 

jim
Fmr. Congressman, Wisconsin

 

reza
Award-winning author

 

nadereh
Retired Senior Advisor, World Bank

 

juan
Professor, University of Michigan

 

farideh
Independent Scholar, University of Hawai’i

 

maz
Actor and Comedian

 

ahmad
Founding Director, UMD Center for Persian Studies

 

habib
Director, Iranian Oral History Project

 

cyrus
Lawyer and Counselor

 

alex
Co-founder, NIAC

 

ahmad
Chair of Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest