Washington, D.C. [July 29, 2013] The West Asia Council applauds the Obama Administration for hosting its second roundtable with Iranian-American community leaders, and for announcing its ongoing outreach plans towards this key member of American society.
The five-hour roundtable was organized by the White House Office of Public Engagement on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is an integral part of the White House compound.
Roundtable speakers included Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications and Speech writing; Adam Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Department of Treasury; Esther Olavarria, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Staff; Jonathan Greenblatt, Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation; and Douglas Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
These administration officials engaged the three-dozen participants in an in-depth discussion of numerous domestic and foreign policy issues of interest to the Iranian-American community. Among the main issues discussed by senior officials of the Obama Administration were the following:
“The Obama Administration has taken community engagement and harnessing the potential of America’s diversity to new heights,” said Alidad Mafinezam, president of the West Asia Council. “This is a president who understands the value of America’s diversity, and the promise of its inclusiveness.” It is incumbent on us to help the Obama Administration in this quest to the best of our ability.”