Main Presentation: NIAC and Building Iranian-American Political Influence
Speaker: Jamal Abdi, Policy Director at the National Iranian American Council
This talk will cover three parts: Influence and Lobbying 101 - where Mr. Abdi will discuss the basics behind lobbying and influence-building in Washington, including the landscape of organizations and interest groups who are active on the issues we work on; Background on NIAC's Work - where he will briefly discuss NIAC's history and campaigns NIAC has organized, as well as how their organization works and the issues they focus on; and the Strategy for Maximizing Iranian-American Political Power - where Jamal will discuss what they are doing now to build the infrastructure for Iranian Americans to play a more active role in shaping policy and politics in 2018.
About the Speaker:
Jamal Abdi joined the National Iranian American Council as Policy Director in November 2009, directing NIAC’s efforts to monitor policies and legislation, and to educate and advocate on behalf of the Iranian-American community. Abdi joined NIAC’s team following his work in the US Congress as Policy Advisor to Representative Brian Baird (D-WA). As one of a small number of Iranian Americans working on the Hill, he served as a Congressional advisor, liaison, and expert on foreign affairs, immigration, and defense. Prior to coming to DC, Abdi worked in his home state of Washington as a field organizer for national Congressional elections, coordinating and establishing grassroots campaign efforts in Seattle and Bellevue. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. Jamal has written for The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Progressive and Public Service Europe, and blogs at The Huffington Post and at www.niacinsight.com. He is a frequent guest contributor in print, radio, and television, including appearances on Al Jazeera, RT America, NPR, BBC Radio, and VOA.
Speaker: Kia Hamadanchy,
Kia Hamadanchy is a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 45th Congressional District of California. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan and then moved to Washington, DC, to serve as a staff member in the U.S. Senate.
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45pm)
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - Announcements and short presentation
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Break and Networking
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Main presentation and Q&A