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April 24, 2014

NIAC Welcomes Press at California Action Summit

Contact: Yasmin Radjy
Phone: 202-386-6408

Iranian Americans Organize Summit on the Future of U.S.-Iran Relations

After three decades of estrangement, the United States and Iran may strike a historic nuclear agreement this summer. As negotiations progress, the nation’s largest Iranian American grassroots organization will convene its first ever California Action Summit in May to educate and empower the community most impacted by a potential new beginning between the two countries. Join Iranian Americans from across California for a unique event with former government officials, prominent experts and thought leaders, and leaders of prominent diaspora groups to assess what the future holds for U.S.-Iran relations and for the Iranian-American community.

WHEN: Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm

WHERE: Palo Alto Crowne Plaza, at 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306


  • 10 am – 11:30 am; “What Can Iranian Americans Learn from other Diasporas?”
    Tom Dine (former Executive Director of AIPAC)
    Dr. James Zogby (President of the Arab American Institute)
    Dr. Amos Brown (NAACP Board Member)
  • 11:30 am – 1 pm; “Iran Talks: War or Peace”
    Ambassador Pickering (former U.S. Undersecretary of State)
    Hooman Majd (Author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ)
    Farideh Farhi (Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow)
  • 1 pm – 3 pm; “Luncheon Keynote”
    Alan Eyre (U.S. State Department Persian Spokesperson)
  • 2:30 pm – 4 pm; “The Role of Tech in Political Activism and Philanthropy” 
    Ali Partovi (Facebook and Dropbox seed investor; Code.org cofounder)
    Kamran Elahian (President of Global Catalyst Partners)


Press passes for this summit are limited and will be issued on a first-come first-serve basis; to reserve your press pass RSVP below by Thursday, May 1 COB.

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision-making by policymakers.

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