March 13, 2015, Washington, D.C. – The Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC), the connected Political Action Committee (PAC) of PAAIA, today announced its new Board of Directors for the 2016 election cycle. New board members were chosen by a joint nominating committee appointed by the outgoing boards of directors of IAPAC and PAAIA. The committee has ensured continuity by re-electing five incumbent board members who will serve alongside four new members. In addition, the Executive Director of PAAIA serves as an Ex Officio Director of IAPAC, with voting powers equal to those of the other directors. Members of the new board are:
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani – Founder & Principal, Ameli & Co. – Washington, D.C.
Leila Austin – Executive Director, PAAIA – Washington, D.C.
Nazie Eftekhari – Founder and CEO, Health EZ – Minnesota, MN
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller – President, Leila Heller Gallery – New York, NY
Sassan Ghahramani – Founder and CEO of SGH Macro Advisors, LLC – Greenwich, CT
Akbar Lari – President, The Claremont Group – New York, NY
Saghi Modjtabai – Founder and Owner, Health Consulate International (HCI) – Washington, D.C.
Milad Pooran – President of Anacostia Medical Associates – Washington D.C.
Soroush Shehabi – CEO, Washington Life Magazine – Washington, D.C.
Marty Youssefiani – President & CEO of Caspian Renewable Energy, Inc. – Washington, D.C.
IAPAC plays an integral role in the “Influence Building” mission of PAAIA. IAPAC contributes to candidates running for public office, regardless of their party affiliation, who are attuned to the domestic concerns of the Iranian American community. Political Action Committees are an important part of the American political process. As a critical tool in PAAIA’s advocacy efforts, IAPAC contributions are a means of access to discuss policy positions and/or educate our elected officials, assuring that our message is heard on Capitol Hill, and a way to encourage increased community participation.
Since its inception, IAPAC has supported the campaigns of a bi-partisan group of 53 congressional candidates and all four congressional party committees. IAPAC also supported and publicized the campaigns of 28 Iranian American candidates running for state or local public office. To date, IAPAC has contributed and helped raise approximately $3.8 million for its endorsed candidates.
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