President Obama Nominates Cyrus Amir-Mokri to Key Administration Posts

September 8, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance for Iranian Americans (PAAIA) would like to congratulate Cyrus Amir-Mokri on his nomination for Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, Department of the Treasury and Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank. 

Most recently, Mr. Amir-Mokri was a senior legal and policy advisor to the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  He participated in the legislative process that led to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and the subsequent implementation through rulemaking.  He also served as the agency’s deputy representative to the Financial Stability Oversight Council and as liaison for inter-agency affairs.  Mr. Amir-Mokri’s previous experience in government was to serve as law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Before serving in government, Mr. Amir-Mokri was a partner at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, resident in its New York office.  He concentrated in complex commercial litigation.  He participated in many of the firm’s high-profile litigation matters.  

Mr. Amir-Mokri has devoted substantial time to community service and pro bono matters.  He has represented inmates on death row, prisoners with civil rights claims and political asylum applicants.  He has also been active in matters affecting the Iranian-American community.  Mr. Amir-Mokri was one of the original trustees and board members of PAAIA.  He was also a two-term director and supporter of the Iranian American Bar Association and a founding member and supporter of the Iranian American Political Action Committee. 

Mr. Amir-Mokri received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in Biochemistry from Harvard College. 

Click here to learn more about Cyrus Amir-Mokri’s nomination. 


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