PAAIA Members Elect New Board of Directors

By PAAIA Staff

January 20, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is pleased to announce the results of the election of its Board of Directors by the organization’s members. In these elections, from a list of 22 highly-qualified and dedicated candidates from across the country, our members elected the following 18 persons to represent them in leading PAAIA, overseeing its affairs and directing its policies.

  1. Pouria Abbassi – General Manager and CEO of the “World-Class” Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC)
  2. Mina Amir-Mokri – Partner, Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP
  3. Sharon Baradaran – President, Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation and Adjunct Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science
  4. Mary Bavafa – Education Consultant, Former Community Relations Specialist Marymount College
  5. Hamid Biglari – Vice-Chairman, Citicorp|Citigroup
  6. Ali Ebrahimi – Chairman and CEO, Ersa Grae
  7. Nazie Eftekhari – Founder, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of HealthEZ, Inc.
  8. Majid Fateh – Founder and Medical Director of the New York Fertility Institute
  9. Tamilla Ghodsi – Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  10. Yousef Javadi – CEO, President and Co-Founder of LiveTimeNet Inc.,
  11. Mariam Khosravani – Executive Director, Coastline Community College Foundation
  12. Akbar A. Lari – President, Claremont Group
  13. Mohsen Moazami – Corporate Vice-President of the Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco Systems Inc.
  14. Ali Mojdehi – Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  15. Firouz Naderi – Associate Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  16. Francis Najafi – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal Group
  17. Sanam Quraishi – Founder and CEO of SVQF, Member of the Clinton Global Initiative
  18. Nariman Teymourian – Chairman and CEO, Gale Technologies, Inc.

For biographies of the newly elected members of the Board of Directors of PAAIA, please click here.

PAAIA expresses its utmost gratitude to all the candidates who demonstrated their commitment and dedication to the Iranian American community by stepping forward and participating in the election.  One of the distinguishing hallmarks of PAAIA since its inception has been its transparent governance structure and the limitation on the term limits set for its Board of Directors. 
The election of PAAIA’s Board to take office this month for a two-year term was held from January 6th through the 14th of 2011. Of the eighteen persons who were elected, eleven served on the 2008 – 2010 Board and the other seven will be new members that we welcome to the PAAIA Board of Directors.
The results of the election have been reviewed and certified by PAAIA’s independent accountants, for a copy of which you can click here.
To learn more about getting involved and becoming a member of PAAIA, please click here.

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