PAAIA congratulates our newest Akbar Ghahary Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) Fellow, Alex Soltany.
Alex Soltany, a native of McLean, Virginia, recently graduated cum laude from Davidson College in May 2018 as a John Montgomery Belk Scholar and a Pre-Medical student majoring in Middle Eastern Studies. Alex’s interest in public service developed while at Davidson, where he joined the Student Government Association in his first semester and was later elected the college’s first Middle Eastern-American Student Body President. He plans to obtain an MD/MPH and combine his passions of healthcare and public policy through health policy.
Alex is grateful for the opportunity to represent Iranian Americans on Capitol Hill through CHIP. He will serve as a Health Intern this Fall with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Founded by former PAAIA member and trustee, the late Dr. Akbar Ghahary, the Capitol Hill Internship Program aims to promote increased civic participation among young Iranian Americans by offering college students or recent graduates of Iranian descent the opportunity to get a firsthand look at our nation’s legislative and political process. The program is enhanced by opportunities to network with and be mentored by Iranian American staff on Capitol Hill, in the administration, and in non-governmental organizations throughout Washington, D.C.
PAAIA is committed to expanding opportunities for the active participation of Iranian Americans in the democratic process at all levels of government and in the public debate, as well as providing opportunities for advancement for our next generation.