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The next two years promise to offer exciting opportunities for NIAC Action to continue serving the Iranian-American community, while gearing up for the 2020 election cycle. The Board of Directors will play a central role in shaping that work— overseeing the organization's governance and helping to set the strategic mandate of NIAC Action. 

NIAC Action members get to elect one member of our Board for a two year term. To vote, you must be a NIAC action member— and you can sign up for a free membership when you vote! The last day to vote is July 19th and we will announce the results on July 23rd.

Out of a field of five excellent candidates, NIAC Action members chose Nilofar Ganjaie as their board representative.

Meet Our Candidates

Rish Oberoi for Texas House District 26

Seattle, WA

Nilofar is a Campaign Manager with years of experience in electoral and advocacy organizing, developing and implementing campaign plans, increasing civic engagement, and political fundraising. She has a passion for justice and community organizing. Nilofar double majored in Human Services and Political Science from Western Washington University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and was a member of Advocates for Youth: Muslim Youth Leadership Council and the Young Leaders Advocacy Council at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.


Nilofar Ganjaie

Washington, DC

Jay is a Senior Associate at the Lafayette Group. His extensive experience is rooted in public administration and policy, business analytics, technology and finance. His work in the public sector focuses on developing and administering policies that increase efficiency and effectiveness in local government initiatives. Jay holds a BA in Political Science and Public Policy, an MPA in Public Administration, as well as a certification in Public Financial Management from the University of Connecticut.


Jayhon Ghassem-Zadeh

Washington, DC

Mahyar currently serves as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Prior to this, she served in the same role for Congressman Keith Ellison. She carries a strong background in organizing, recruiting and training, and coalition building. A true environmental activist, Mahyar has organized hundreds of students for environmental justice campaigns and lobbied elected officials at both state and federal levels to advance clean energy legislation. She holds a BA in Biology, Society and the Environment from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


Mahyar Sorour

Atherton, CA

Leily is the Head of Partnerships at CryptoLux Capital. A true entrepreneur, Leily consults with other early-stage companies and business leaders on how to manage their products. Her experience is also rooted in investor relations, market research, portfolio management, and designing business strategies. Outside of her business ventures, Leily is heavily active in the Iranian-American community through several philanthropic social causes. She holds a BS in Business Administration and Management from the University of San Francisco.


Leily Moazami

New York, NY

Dara serves as Captain of the NIAC Action New York Chapter and is the Principal Engineer at Applemon Technologies, where he designs sensor networks for environmental monitoring. While previously working at the New York State Attorney General, Uber, and Synthicity, he developed software for distributed systems and advised attorneys on data security cases. He received his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley.


Dara Adib

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Congratulations, Nilofar Ganjaie, on your election!