Meet the Team | PAAIA

Team Members

Dr. Leila Golestaneh Austin

Executive Director
Dr. Austin provides operational direction and strategy. She oversees programs and activities that promote the role of Iranian Americans in the social, cultural, and economic tapestry of the United States and leads all facets of the organization.

Morad Ghorban

Morad Ghorban

Director of Gov’t Affairs & Policy
Mr. Ghorban is responsible for advancing PAAIA’s advocacy agenda.  He is in charge of directing PAAIA’s policy initiatives, planning and executing PAAIA’s government relations strategy, and orchestrating PAAIA’s electioneering activities.

Shannon Kuehn

Director of Communications
Ms. Kuehn leads the creation of content & design for PAAIA’s social media, website, newsletters, & updates. Her goal is to create a cohesive brand that represents PAAIA’s objectives and conveys an accurate image of the Iranian American community.

Emily Porter

Emily Porter

Public Policy Research Associate & Civic Engagement Coordinator
Ms. Porter is in charge of researching policy relevant to the Iranian American community, writing briefs, reports, articles, & letters to officials about such policy, and leading PAAIA’s Civic Engagement Forum.

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Aman Ardalan

Digital Communications and Policy Associate
Mr. Ardalan works on communications and digital campaigns for PAAIA as well as assisting with policy research.

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Ali Rahnama

Legislative Counsel
Mr. Rahnama serves as a key legal, policy and strategic advisor to PAAIA. He provides essential legal & legislative advice to promote the interests of the Iranian American community by maintaining productive relationships with local and national policymakers.


Kathy Heverin

Ms. Heverin is responsible for maintaining all accounting records and preparing financial analysis and reports. She also provides financial support, data, information, & analysis connected with payroll, workers compensation, taxes, & licensing requirements.

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