History and Mission Statement

The Iranian American Bar Association (“IABA”) was formed in 2000 in the District of Columbia. Having begun with one chapter and only four founding members, IABA has grown to include nine chapters nationwide and a membership of prominent attorneys, law students, and members of the judiciary. In 2013, IABA reorganized into a 501(c)(6) and created a separate organization, the IABA Foundation to handle its charitable work.

The IABA Foundation has applied with the IRS to become is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

IABA Foundation Bylaws
IABA Foundation - Articles of Incorporation

Organization and Board of Directors

IABA Foundation has recruited distinguished members of the Iranian American Legal Community as members of its Board of Directors, who uphold the highest level of professional integrity and excellence.

The activities engaged in by the Board of Directors on behalf of IABA Foundation are conducted solely in their individual and private capacity, and on a volunteer basis. Any references to employers, organizations or other affiliations in the Directors’ biographical information are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to represent any affiliation between those named employers and organizations and IABA.

2022 Board of Directors

  • Leyla Mostafavi (Co-Chair)
  • Ahtossa Fullerton (Co-Chair)
  • Melody Makhfi (Secretary)
  • Nushin Zarrabi (Student Director)
  • Safa Sajadi (VP of Scholarships)
  • Setareh Ebrahimian (National Chapter Liaison)
  • Katayoun Gronowski (Treasurer)
  • Omid Irani (VP of Fundraising)
  • Arya J. Taghdiri (Community Outreach)