Staff & Board

 

 

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
Jamal joined NIAC in 2009 as Policy Director and also serves as NIAC Action Executive Director. He previously worked as a Policy Advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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

Mahsa
Community Outreach Associate since January 2015, Mahsa oversees NIAC’s events and communications.
MAHSA PAYESTEH

Outreach 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 Director

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

Hamid
Hamid Jahangard joined NIAC in the spring of 2018 as the organization’s Senior Development Consultant.

 

HAMID JAHANGARD

Senior Development Consultant

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

Ehsan
Ehsan joined NIAC in September 2017 and works to build support in southern California.

 

EHSAN ZAHEDANI

Southern California Community Relations Associate

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

Ruja
Ruja graduated with a Master’s of Public Administration and most recently worked with Syrian and Afghan refugees in Greece.

 

Ruja Moshtaghi

Southern California Field Organizer

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

Sahar R
Passionate about digital media advocacy and Iranian American issues, Sahar joined NIAC in 2018 as the digital communications manager.

 

SAHAR ROODEHCHI

Digital Communications Manager

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

Shokooh
Clinical Psychologist

 

said
Founder, World Singles Networks

 

SAÏD AMIN

Treasurer

michael
Founder & CEO, Primex World Inc.

 

Payman
OB/GYN, New York Hospital

 

mohammad
President, United Capital Investments and Properties Inc.

 

sanam
Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network

 

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

 

ahmad
Founder & Chairman, Merex Inc.

 

kayvon
Founder & CEO, Sarmadi Brothers

 

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

 

alex
Co-founder, NIAC

 

ahmad
Chair of Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest