Staff & Board


Staff

Trita
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

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

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

David S.
A veteran fundraiser with over thirty years experience at the Catholic Church and American Cancer Society.

DAVID SOKOLOWSKI

DEVELOPMENT 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

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

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

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

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

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

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