July 29, 2010

Exciting Changes at NIAC This Summer



Patrick Disney


Michelle Moghtader

Jamal Abdi

Jamal Abdi

Reza Marashi

Reza Marashi

Washington, DC – The key to NIAC’s success lies in its dedicated membership and its talented staff. This summer, we have been joined by some new talents, as well as had our existing staff members get accepted to the best graduate schools in the country.

After serving the Iranian-American community for two years, Assistant Policy Director Patrick Disney and Director of Community Outreach Michelle Moghtader are heading back to school in pursuit of postgraduate degrees at Yale University and Columbia University, respectively. We are both proud of their achievements and secure in our belief that both of these intelligent and dedicated individuals will continue to advance our causes well into the future. We thank them for their service and wish them the best in all their future endeavors.

NIAC’s Policy team will continue to be led by the highly skilled Jamal Abdi, who joined NIAC late last year as Policy Director. Jamal came to NIAC last November after three years on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor to Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA). Prior to moving to DC, he 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 (UW), majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations.

We’re also excited to announce the addition of Reza Marashi to the NIAC team. Reza joined NIAC in June as our first Research Director after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Also hailing from Seattle, Reza holds an MSc from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington. Reza’s skills and expertise are invaluable additions to the NIAC team.




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