Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, PAAIA, Inc., is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, nonreligious 501(c)(4) membership organization that aims to "serve the domestic interests of Iranian Americans and represent the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large." PAAIA Inc. and its affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, PAAIA Fund, were founded by a group of Iranian-Americans including many notable individuals such as Goli Ameri, Rudi Bakhtiar, Firouz Naderi and Omid Kordestani. The term PAAIA, however, is used to refer to both entities without distinction.
Approximately 70 Iranian-Americans participated in the founding of this organization. As a result, PAAIA was born in August 2007 as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit bipartisan, non-sectarian, national membership organization together with an affiliated 501(c)(3), PAAIA Fund, with the goal of "representing and advancing the interests of the Iranian American community." PAAIA publicly launched in April 2008.
In 2008, PAAIA commissioned Zogby International to survey the Iranian-American community's attitudes on important issues. A follow-up survey was also conducted in 2009. These surveys were the first of their kind and have been presented to the United States Congress, the media, and the general public.