What is the Civic Engagement Forum?

PAAIA’s inaugural Civic Engagement Forum will take place in June of 2019 in Washington, DC, bringing together Iranian Americans from across the United States for the first-ever conference of its kind. This flagship event will be part of a broader program recently launched by PAAIA, the Civic Engagement Initiative.

In recognition of the historic election of six Iranian American women since 2018, this year’s conference will highlight female leaders in public service. We will celebrate the achievements of Iranian American women and empower aspiring leaders to get involved in public service, public advocacy, or elected and appointed office.


What is PAAIA's Civic Engagement Initiative?

PAAIA’s Civic Engagement Initiative is a new program committed to encouraging and enabling Iranian Americans to get involved as concerned members of their communities, both nationally and locally. We aim to highlight the success stories of Iranian Americans actively involved in public service and to encourage other Iranian Americans to participate in this space. PAAIA’s ultimate objective is to increase the number of Iranian Americans involved in civic engagement. Elements and objectives of this initiative include:

  • hosting an annual Civic Engagement Forum, including 2-4 regional events per year;
  • organizing a network of elected officials, Iranian Americans that work in politics or public service, are civically engaged, or have a demonstrated interest in pursuing such a career path;
  • inspiring and empowering Iranian Americans to run for or be appointed to public office; and
  • building a database of Iranian Americans interested in running for office and connect them with mentors, training programs, and support.


Conference: The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University

  • Address
    1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


After Party: American Institute of Architects

  • Address
    1735 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Why should I attend this year's conference?

Simply put, the Civic Engagement Forum is going to be incredible! With a fantastic lineup of speakers, it is set to be a highly inspiring event that will leave a positive impact on attendees. It will also provide a valuable opportunity to meet, connect, and network with fellow Iranian American leaders working in public service. And then of course there is the PAAIA Soirée!

What's happening at the PAAIA Soirée?

After an inspiring day at the Civic Engagement Forum, we hope that everyone will join us at the PAAIA Soirée. Located in downtown DC at the American Institute of Architects, you don't want to miss an opportunity to get your gher on with a DJ and live entertainment. The night promises to be full of laughter and dancing with friends, old and new. A delicious dinner by Kook Caters, LLC. and drinks served all night will be included with every ticket. Don't miss the fun!

Before dinner, join Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian speak about his recently published memoir. All attendees will receive a signed copy of Jason Rezaian's Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison.