National Iranian American Council

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The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) was founded in early 2002, and describes itself as "a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Iranian-American participation in American civic life." [1]

"NIAC's activities will center around four separate objectives:

  • "Building a database of Iranian American organizations through services and activities that support collaboration and cooperation among grassroots groups.
  • "Encouraging opportunities for the Iranian-American community to represent itself in its own words and on its own terms by promoting media outlets directed at enhancing public awareness and education about the community.
  • "Supporting capacity-building activities for Iranian-American organizations through information sharing, professional development, voter registration and the promotion of philanthropy among Iranian-Americans.
  • "Fostering greater understanding between Iran and the United States by creating opportunities for Iranian-Americans to serve as a natural bridge between both peoples." [2]

"NIAC is launching its Public Service and Journalism Fellowship Program for Iranian-American youth next year, and will aim to award its first group of fellows in Summer 2005 with internship placements." [3]

NIAC runs the US-Iran Media Resource Project, which is funded through grants by Connect US Fund and the Ploughshares Fund.


NIAC has been, according to its 2003 annual report, a recipient of grants from the following U.S. foundations[1]:

Staff 2006


Directors 2006


Emeritus Board members and former Executive Directors

Advisory Board 2006

On its website, the NIAC listed the members of its Advisory Committee, as of November 2006, as comprising[2]


Board of Directors (November 2004)

Advisory Board (November 2004)





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  1. National Iranian American Council, "Moving Forward: Promoting Iranian-American Civic Participation: Annual Report July 2003 - 2004", National Iranian American Council, page 27.
  2. National Iranian American Council, "Board of Directors", National Iranian American Council website, archived from November 2006.
  3. National Iranian American Council, "Hadi Ghaemi", National Iranian American Council website, archived from November 2006.

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