Bay Area NIAC Reception & Fundraiser
Bay Area: Help Strengthen Our Community's Voice on Capitol Hill!
Sunday, February 12, 2016 at 5:00pm
With the election of Donald J. Trump, our community is currently faced with a situation of grave uncertainty. Now, more than ever, we must strengthen the institution that advocates on our behalf. The funds we raise will support immediate efforts to combat discrimination, support civil rights, protect the US-Iran Nuclear Deal, and prevent war.
Join us on Sunday, February 12 to help our community mobilize to stop Trump's harmful cabinet appointments, block pro-war efforts, and protect our civil rights before it is too late. We need the resources from our community today and the biggest impact you can make is by ensuring our organization has the funding necessary to win. Come speak with NIAC President Dr. Trita Parsi, NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi, and the President of the Ploughshares Fund Joe Cirincione about the questions that are pressing for you and the community.
Sunday, February 12 at 5:00 PM
Garden Court Hotel
520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is the author of the new book Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats. He is a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board and the Council on Foreign Relations. Cirincione worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. He is the author of hundreds of articles on nuclear weapons issues, the producer of two DVDs, a frequent commentator in the media, and he appeared in the films, Countdown to Zero and Why We Fight. He previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress and Director for Nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the U.S. Information Agency and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Ali Partovi: Cofounder, LinkExchange, iLike, Code.org. Investor, Airbnb, Dropbox, Uber.
Described by the San Jose Mercury News as one of “Silicon Valley’s top angel investors,” Ali Partovi has backed Airbnb, Dropbox, Facebook, Uber, and Zappos. In 2013, Partovi helped his twin brother Hadi launch Code.org, which promotes computer science education and has introduced 100 million kids to computer programming via the “Hour of Code.” Early in his career he cofounded LinkExchange and later iLike.
A vocal advocate for Iranian-American interests, Partovi has organized a letter from Silicon Valley CEOs and investors asking Congress to repeal the discriminatory provisions of the 2015 Visa Waiver reform bill, and has been a staunch supporter of the Iran nuclear deal.
Dr. Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an award-winning author of two books, Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the US (Yale University Press, 2007) and A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012). Treacherous Alliance won the Grawemeyer award and Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008 (Silver medallion). A Single Roll of the Dice was selected as The Best Book on The Middle East in 2012 by Foreign Affairs. Dr. Parsi is the President of the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Jamal Abdi joined NIAC’s team following his work in the US Congress as Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA). As one of a small number of Iranian Americans working on the Hill, he served as a Congressional advisor, liaison, and expert on foreign affairs, immigration, and defense. Prior to coming to DC, Abdi worked in his home state of Washington as a field organizer for national Congressional elections, coordinating and establishing grassroots campaign efforts in Seattle and Bellevue. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations.
Jamal has written for The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Progressive and Public Service Europe, and blogs at The Huffington Post and at www.niacinsight.com. He is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television, including appearances on Al Jazeera, RT America, NPR, BBC Radio, and VOA.