Staff & Board

 

 

Staff

Jamal
Jamal joined NIAC in 2009 as Policy Director and now serves as President as well as the Executive Director of NIAC Action.

 

JAMAL ABDI

President

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

 

RYAN COSTELLO

Policy Director

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

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

Hamid
Hamid Jahangard joined NIAC in the spring of 2018 as the organization’s Advancement Director.

 

HAMID JAHANGARD

Advancement Director

Mana
With experience in communications and policy, Mana joined NIAC in January 2019 to amplify the voices of the Iranian-American community and NIAC’s work.

 

MANA MOSTATABI

Communications Director

Assal
Dr. Assal Rad joined NIAC in January 2019 to organize the Iranian-American community and embolden the voices of Iranian Americans.

 

ASSAL RAD

Policy Analyst and Regional Organizer, Western U.S

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

Nooshin
Nooshin joined the team in February 2019 as the Field Organizer for Pennsylvania.

 

NOOSHIN SADEGH-SAMIMI

Field Organizer, Pennsylvania

Sina
Born in Iran, Sina joined NIAC in 2018 as a research associate.

 

SINA TOOSSI

Research Associate

Arzo
Arzo joined the team in January 2019 to build NIAC’s political power and further advance its advocacy agenda

 

ARZO WARDAK

Political Director

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

Senior Law and Policy Analyst

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

 

EHSAN ZAHEDANI

Community Relations Manager

Board of Directors

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

Shokooh
Clinical Psychologist

 

Ardavan
Founder and President of The Bullion Bank

 

Siobhan
Attorney, Vennable LLP

 

Payman
OB/GYN, New York Hospital

 

sanam
Co-founder, International Civil Society Action Network

 

Max
CFO, COO

 

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

 

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