About the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans - PAAIA


pronounced pī-ə (pa-ya)

The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that serves the interests of Iranian Americans and represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large.

We work to expand opportunities for the active participation of Iranian Americans in the democratic process at all levels of government and in public debate, provide opportunities for advancement for our next generation, educate the American public and policymakers on the Iranian American community and their opinions, and foster greater understanding between the people of Iran and the United States.


  • Foster a greater understanding of Iranian Americans and their culture.
  • Build an influential voice for the Iranian American community through networking, electioneering, and public advocacy.
  • Position the next generation of Iranian Americans for success by supporting them with opportunities for advancement, mentorship, and continued learning.
  • Give back to America as it has given to us.


We envision a world in which Iranian Americans actively come together as a collaborative community in service to each other and to the society at large, to change our world, and particularly the world of our children, for the better.  We see a future where Iranian American contributions to society are widely recognized and the community is seen as an important constituency in the eyes of U.S. policymakers.

IA-100 is PAAIA’s active national leadership network and conducts a variety of initiatives that benefit both the Iranian American community and U.S. society at large.

IAPAC is PAAIA’s connected political action committee which promotes and contributes to the election of candidates that support the interests of Iranian Americans.  It also helps to elect Iranian American candidates running for political office.

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