2011, New York, NY –Five
highly accomplished Iranian Americans will be awarded the 2011 Ellis
Island Medal of Honor on May 7th, 2011 for outstanding achievement in
their personal and professional lives coupled with preservation of
their culture and heritage and noteworthy citizenship to the United
in 1986 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), the
Ellis Island Medals of Honor annually pays tribute to the ancestry
groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic.
April 27, 2011, San Francisco,
Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and its connected
PAC, the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), recently
had the opportunity to sit down with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and
discuss his campaign for San Francisco Sheriff. If successful,
Mirkarimi would make history by becoming the first American of Iranian
descent to be elected Sheriff in the United States.
was elected San Francisco District 5 Supervisor in 2004, and re-elected
in 2008 with 77 percent of the vote. He has authored over 80 ordinances
that have had both citywide and national impact. Apart from his
reputation for sponsoring cutting-edge laws, Mirkarimi is also well
known for his 24/7 focus on issues that chronically challenge his
district and the City.
April 26, 2011, Washington, D.C.
April 21, 2011 the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)
held its annual reception for Iranian Americans who work for members of
Congress and the Executive Branch. The event, held at PAAIA’s
headquarters, also marked the launch of the PAAIA NexGen Chapter in
Washington, D.C. Over 50 guests including Iranian Americans
working for government consulting firms and nonprofit organizations
were in attendance and able to mingle and network with one another in
an intimate setting.
featured guest at the reception was Ramin Asgard, Director of Voice of
America–Persian News Network. Asgard is currently the
highest ranking Iranian American career Foreign Service Officer with
the U.S. Department of State.
As a benefit to our members and as
cornerstone of our mission to empower the Iranian American community
across the United States, the Public
Affairs Alliance of Iranian
Americans (PAAIA) is pleased to announce our Second Annual
Program. PAAIA’s mentorship program provides the
Iranian Americans to receive one-on-one guidance from highly
accomplished professionals within the Iranian American community.
Application process for the 2011
Mentorship Program began Friday, April