San Francisco, November 10, 2011 – Two highly successful and qualified Iranian American candidates were on the ballot on Election Day, November 8th in San Francisco. Of the two candidates, Ross Mirkarimi is on the verge of making history by becoming the first American of Iranian heritage to be elected Sheriff of a major metropolitan area in the United State. Though Sharmin Bock’s impressive campaign for District Attorney fell short, the election results showed significant support for her candidacy.
San Francisco uses a ranked choice voting system, which allows voters to select a first-choice candidate in the first column on the ballot, and different second- and third-choice candidates in the second and third columns on the ballot. Any candidate who receives a majority (more than 50%) of the first-choice votes is declared the winner. If no candidate wins a majority of first choice votes, the second choice and, if necessary, third choice votes will be counted until a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.
November 9, 2011, San Farncisco, CA – On October 20th, 2011, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), in collaboration with the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) and Stanford University’s Persian Student Association (PSA) hosted an informative panel discussion entitled “Iran Sanctions: Legal Implications for Iranian Americans.” The event, which was held at Stanford University, included a panel of experts including Farhad Alavi of BHFA Law Group, Eric Ferrari of Ferrari Legal, and Mehrnoush Yazdanyar of Yazdanyar Law Offices. All of these individuals have extensive experience in representing and advising individuals and businesses that are under investigation by OFAC and/or the US Department of Justice. The panelists gave extremely informative presentations regarding the legal requirements for moving funds between the United States and Iran and responded to audience questions.
November 1, 2011, Irvine, CA – On Sunday, October 23, 2011, over 680 Iranian Americans gathered at the second Women’s Leadership Conference: Pathways to Success Held at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa to listen to 40 successful Iranian American women share their stories of success.
PAAIA is seeking a qualified U.S. resident or citizen for the position of Office Manager. This individual will be working closely with the Executive Director to ensure the smooth operation of the PAAIA office as well as managing the donor and membership databases, providing administrative and planning support to other PAAIA staff, maintaining PAAIA’s virtual and hard copy filing system, and interfacing with PAAIA vendors.
The qualified candidate should have strong verbal and written communication skills, strong knowledge of MS Office and Microsoft Visual or Dreamweaver programs, and prior office management experience.
Knowledge of Persian and Iranian culture is preferred. Strong interpersonal and accuracy are a must as is a desire to make a difference and promote the image of the Iranian American population in the US.
To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at 202-828-8371.