Mariam Khosravani

IAWF Founder and President

In 2011, Mariam Khosravani sought to assemble accomplished Iranian American women around the nation and utilize them to inspire their peers to reach their full potential. Thus, the Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) was established. A pioneer whose dedication to community empowerment fuels her vision, Mariam has brought thousands of women together to break stereotypes about women, Iranian Americans, and those who exhibit their intersection.

Since its inception, the IAWF has hosted its bi-annual leadership conference in Los Angeles, New York, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Under Mariam’s leadership, the IAWF has had an unprecedented impact on a growing, powerful community.

Driven by compassion and empathy, Mariam launched the “Circle of Giving” for Iranian Americans to give back to the society, locally and globally, by contributing to worthy causes. She also established the “Circle of Caring” for the medical community to contribute their service to those in need.

Prior to the aforementioned, the Mayor of Irvine appointed Mariam to serve as a Community Service Commissioner for nine years. She was the president of The Africa Project, an organization helping over 1,300 children in South Africa; she was also on the board of California Community College Foundations and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans and is a community advisory member of the PBS SoCal, Southern California’s PBS station, and the non-profit Keep Children in School.

Mariam is the recipient of The Ellis Island Medal of Honor from NECO, Woman of Philanthropy from Los Angeles Lakers and Comerica Bank, Community Service Award from Iranian American Bar Association, and Distinguished Community Service award from Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage.

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