New York Fundraiser & Reception

Join us on Saturday, October 28 in Long Island, New York to help block and roll back Trump's Muslim ban, block pro-war efforts, and protect our civil rights before it is too late. At this time of great political uncertainty, we must strengthen the institution that advocates on our behalf.

Event Details

NIAC New York Fundraiser & Reception
Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 PM
Private Residence in Huntington, Long Island, New York
Complimentary shuttle service will be provided from Grand Central Station to and from the event.
Meet fellow riders at the corner of 42nd and Vanderbilt at 5 PM to catch the bus! 
Address provided upon ticket purchase
Food and alcohol will be served
Dress code is cocktail attire

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A big thank you to our host committee members who have made this event possible:  Ali Fakharzadeh, Ariana Farahani, Nobar Golhar, Seyed Hosseini, Payman Jarrahy, Reza Shaibani


Asieh Namdar is an Anchor for CGTN America in Washington, D.C. She comes to CGTN with more than 20 years of experience at CNN, where she served as an anchor for CNNI, a senior writer for HLN, and a contributor to Namdar has written and reported on many international stories, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tsunami disaster in Asia, the disputed 2009 election and protests in Iran, and typhoon Haiyan as it hit the Philippines in 2013. Namdar has conducted one-on-one interviews with Nobel Peace-Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Jordan’s Queen Rania, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and best-selling author Azar Nafisi.Recently, she spoke one-on-one with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Hooman Majd has written for GQ, Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic,Time, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Politico, The New York Observer, Interview, The Daily Beast, and Salon, among others. He has also published short fiction in literary journals such as Guernica, The American Scholar, and Bald Ego. Majd’s New York Times bestselling book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ was published in 2008, and The Ayatollahs’ Democracy was published in the Fall of 2010. His latest book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was published in the U.S. and the U.K. in November 2013.

Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after serving in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic, among other publications. He has been a guest contributor to CNN, NPR, the BBC, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets.

 Shayan Modarres is civil rights activist and trial lawyer. Over the course of his career as a civil rights attorney in Florida and the Washington Metropolitan area, Mr. Modarres has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases and has successfully held bad actors in law enforcement accountable for civil rights violations and misconduct. Most notably, Mr. Modarres served as legal counsel to the family of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by his work as a civil rights attorney, Mr. Modarres decided to run for Congress for Florida’s Tenth Congressional District in 2014. Stories of disparity and inequality across the nation fuel his commitment to civil rights and social justice reform. Mr. Modarres holds a B.A. in Law and Society from American University and a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude and served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review Journal.

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