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NIAC to hold California Action Summit on May 4 in Palo Alto

Source: National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

Join us in California for our first Action Summit on May 4 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto!

The summit aims to help strengthen our community's political clout in the epicenter of the Iranian-American community - California. By investing in ourselves as civic leaders, we can use our resources, talents, and drive to effect big changes in Washington. But that can't happen without you! Register today for NIAC's first annual California Action Summit and join us in making history!

Check out the Summit Agenda, Speakers, and Frequently Asked Questions for more details!


  • Amos Brown is a pastor at Third Baptist Church, Board Member of the NAACP, and was a delegate to the 2001 United Nations Conference on Race and Intolerance in Durban, South Africa representing the National Board of the NAACP.
  • Tom Dine was the former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and is currently the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum (IPF).
  • Kamran Elahian is a veteran entrepreneur with over 29 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Elahian has co-founded 10 companies and is Chairman and Co-Founder of Global Catalyst Foundation.
  • Alan Eyre is the U.S. State Department’s first Persian Language spokesperson. Prior to this position, he was Director of the Iran Office at the U.S. Consulate in Dubai.
  • Farideh Farhi is an Affiliate Graduate Faculty and Lecturer at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and International Crisis Group and has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
  • Hooman Majd is an author and journalist based in New York. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, The Ayatollahs' Democracy and his new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay.
  • Ali Partovi is one of Sillicon Valley’s most prominent angel investors of his time. He was a major seed investor during the start up of both DropBox and Facebook. Mr. Pavtovi graduated from Harvard University and founded and was CEO of “LinkExchange” shortly after graduating.
  • Thomas Pickering: In a diplomatic career with service in each of the major continents, Ambassador Pickering reached the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan.
  • James Joseph Zogby is the author of Arab Voices and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a DC-based organization which serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community.

See full bios of the speakers here.



Sunday, May 4, 2014

8:30 - 9:30am
Breakfast & Registration

9:30 - 10:00am
Speakers: NIAC Staff

10:00 - 11:30am
What Can Iranian Americans Learn from other Diasporas?
Speakers: Tom Dine, James Zogby, Amos Brown

11:30am - 1:00pm
Iran Talks: War or Peace?
Speakers: Farideh Farhi, Thomas Pickering, Hooman Majd

1:00 - 2:30pm
Keynote Luncheon
Alan Eyre

2:30 - 4:00pm
The Role of Tech in Political Activism and Philanthropy
Speakers: Ali Partovi, additional speakers will be announced soon

4:00 - 7:00pm
Legislative Action Training
Speakers: Jamal Abdi, Yasmin Radjy

7:00 - 7:30pm
Closing Remarks

7:30 - 9:30pm
Closing Cocktail Reception

Monday, May 5, 2014 - DAY OF ACTION

This day you have the option to transform the skills you have gained during your Legislative Action Training into results during a short one hour meeting with your local lawmaker.

In order to participate, you must sign up for the day of action when you register (there is no additional charge). We are scheduling the meetings with your local offices - all you have to do is join NIAC staff and use the tools of effective engagement you gained from the training. It's simple - and it makes a world of difference.


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