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List of Iranian Americans
This is a list of
notable of all Iranian ethnic backgrounds, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants. To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Iranian-American or must have references showing they are Iranian American and are notable.
Behnaam Aazhang, J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University
Kamyar Abdi, archaeologist, former Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
Alexander Abian, mathematician, Iowa State University
Mohammad Javad Abdolmohammadi, accountant and the John E. Rhodes Professor of Accounting at Bentley University since 1988. He has contributed more than 100 publications on internal auditing
Ervand Abrahamian, historian of Middle Eastern (particularly Iranian) history at City University of New York
Janet Afary, author, feminist activist, and professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gholam Reza Afkhami, senior scholar and director of Social Science Research and International Studies at the Washington-based Foundation for Iranian Studies, which is dedicated to the study of Iranian history, culture, economy and politics Shahriar Afshar, physicist and inventor who is the namesake of the Afshar experiment
Newsha Ajami, hydrologist specializing in urban water policy and sustainable water management; professor and Director of Urban Water Policy program at Stanford University
Abass Alavi, Professor of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania 
Leonardo Alishan, writer, scholar and translator. He was a professor of Persian and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah (1978–1997)
Abbas Alizadeh, archeologist of ancient Iran; former Associate Curator, Research Associate, and Instructor at Harvard's University Semitic Museum; former Senior Research Associate and Director of the Iranian Prehistoric Project at the University of Chicago
Kaveh Alizadeh, plastic surgeon, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Westchester Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College
Abbas Amanat, Professor of History & International Studies at Yale University
Hooshang Amirahmadi, academic and political analyst. Professor of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University
Nahid Angha, Sufi scholar, author, lecturer, and women's rights activist. Co-director and co-founder of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), founder of the International Sufi Women Organization, and executive editor of the journal Sufism: An Inquiry
Anousheh Ansari, first Iranian in space and the first female space tourist; co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc., co-founder and former CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI)
Nima Arkani-Hamed, theoretical physicist and professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey
Abbas Ardehali, surgical director of UCLA's Heart and Lung Transplant program
Saïd Amir Arjomand, professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Director of the Stony Brook Institute of Global Studies. Founder and current President of the Association for the Studies of Persionate Societies (ASPS), and founding Editor of the Journal of Persianate Studies
Yahya Armajani, professor of history and soccer coach at Macalester College
Reza Aslan, scholar of religious studies, television host, and author of and No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam . Currently a professor of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth creative writing at University of California, Riverside. Board member of the National Iranian American Council (NAIC)
Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, structural engineer and professor at University of California, Berkeley; investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center towers due to the September 11 attacks
Fakhreddin Azimi, professor of history at the University of Connecticut
Babak Azizzadeh, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Keck School of Medicine of USC; founder and president of FPBPF (Facial Paralysis and Bells Palsy Foundation)
Sussan Babaie, art historian and curator. Best known for her work on Persian art and Islamic art of the early modern period. She has written extensively on the art and architecture of the Safavid dynasty
Mir Bahmanyar, historical writer and former U.S. Army officer, who has written books on the U.S. Navy SEALs and the U.S. Army Rangers
Shaul Bakhash, historian, expert in Iranian studies, George Mason University, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History
Laleh Bakhtiar, author and translator of 25 books about Islam, many of which deal with Sufism. She is best known for her 2007 translation of the Qur'an, known as The Sublime Quran, which is the first translation of the Qur'an into English by an American woman. She is also a clinical psychologist, and President of the Institute of Traditional Psychology
Mehrsa Baradaran, law professor specializing in banking law at University of Georgia
Iraj Bashiri, professor of History at the University of Minnesota and one of the leading scholars in the fields of Central Asian studies and Iranian studies
Asef Bayat, professor of sociology and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Manuel Berberian, earth scientist, specializing in earthquake seismology, geophysics, archaeoseismology, and environmental geoscience
Mina Bissell, scientist and biologist known for her research on breast cancer. She is the former head of life science at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
George Bournoutian, historian, professor of History at Iona College, and author of over 30 books on the history of Armenia, Iran, and the Caucasus
Jennifer Tour Chayes, mathematical physicist & theoretical computer scientist, and world renowned leading expert on the modeling & analysis of dynamically growing graphs. Founder, Technical Fellow, & Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England & Microsoft Research New York
Houchang Chehabi, historian, expert in Iranian studies at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, where he is professor of International Relations and History
Aaron Cohen-Gadol, internationally renowned neurosurgeon specializing in surgical treatment of brain tumors and aneurysms
Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City 
Jaleh Daie, scientist, former professor of biology and department chairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rutgers University. First woman to serve on the U.S. Space Foundation board of directors. 1996 inductee to the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.
Richard Danielpour, Professor of Composition, Manhattan School of Music
Touraj Daryaee, Iranologist and historian at the University of California, Irvine
Armen Der Kiureghian, professor of civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley, member of U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and current President of the American University of Armenia
Keivan Deravi, economist at Auburn University at Montgomery
Sibel Edmonds, former translator who worked as a contractor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC)
Mehrdad Ehsani, professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Azita Emami, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering at Caltech; Executive Officer of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech
Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He has made pioneering contributions to the fields of metamaterials, transformation and plasmonic optics, nano- and graphene photonics, nano- and miniature antennas, and bio-inspired optical imaging, among many others
Dara Entekhabi, Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences at MIT. His main expertise is in the field of hydrology.
Haleh Esfandiari, Middle East scholar and former director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is an expert on contemporary Iranian intellectual currents and politics, as well as women's issues and democratic developments in the Middle East. She was one of the four Iranian-Americans falsely convicted and detained by the Iranian government in May 2007.
Kamran Eshraghian, electrical engineer, notable for his work on VLSI and CMOS VLSI design
Fariba Fahroo, mathematician, program manager at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Along with I. M. Ross, she has published papers in pseudospectral optimal control theory. The Ross–Fahroo lemma and the Ross–Fahroo pseudospectral method are named after her
Fereydoon Family, leading physicist in the field of nanotechnology and solid-state physics. He is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics at Emory University
Allah Verdi Mirza Farman Farmaian, professor and head of Biology department at Rutgers University
Sattareh Farmanfarmaian, founder and director of the Tehran School of Social Work, the first occupational training program for social workers in Iran. Co-founder of the Family Planning Association of Iran, and former vice-president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation
Alimorad Farshchian, medical doctor, medical author, and founder and director of The Center of Regenerative Medicine in Miami, Florida
Nariman Farvardin, President of Stevens Institute of Technology, and former Provost of University of Maryland
Bobak Ferdowsi, systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; served on the and Cassini–Huygens Mars Science Laboratory mission. Popularly known as "Mohawk guy" due to the Curiosity mohawk hairstyle that he wore during the Curiosity landing
Alexander L. George (born Alexander L. Givargis), behavioral scientist who was among the first in his field to study the psychological effects of nuclear crisis management. He was the Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Stanford University
Mohammadreza Ghadiri, chemist and professor of chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute. His research is on nanoscale science and technology, and his lab pioneered the development of peptide self-replication. He was awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology in 1998
Roozbeh Ghaffari, inventor, bioelectronics entrepreneur, biomedical engineering research faculty at Northwestern University 
Zoubin Ghahramani, Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, professor of religion at Reed College, and author of A History of Islam in America and Competing Visions of Islam in the United States. Co-founding editor of the Islam of the Global West book series
M.R. Ghanoonparvar, Professor Emeritus of Persian and Comparative Literature at the faculty of Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas, Austin
Morteza Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bio-Inspired Engineering at Caltech. His research interests are in the fields of fluid dynamics, aeronautics, biomechanics and medical engineering
Jamshid Gharajedaghi, organizational theorist, management consultant, & adjunct professor of Systems thinking at Villanova University. Best known for his works on systems thinking, managing complexity, and business architecture
John Ghazvinian, author, historian and former journalist. Associated Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of acclaimed book Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
Doreen Granpeesheh, clinical psychologist, behavior analyst, and producer of the award-winning documentary . Founder of ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), and founder of Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Vartan Gregorian, President of The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the former  president of Brown University
Mohammad Hajiaghayi, computer scientist known for his work in algorithms, game theory, network design, and big data. He is the Jack and Rita G. Minker professor at the University of Maryland Department of Computer Science.
Ali Hajimiri, inventor, technologist, and Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
Reza Hamzaee, economist and BOG-Distinguished Professor of Economics at Missouri Western State University. He is known for his research on banking and managerial economics
Babak Hassibi, electrical engineer, the inaugural Mose and Lillian S. Bohn Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research is broadly in the areas of communications, signal processing and control.
Payam Heydari, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine 
Shireen Hunter, Research Professor at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Prior, she was the Director of the Islam Program, Deputy Director of the Middle East Program, and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Ahmad Iravani, philosopher, scholar, and clergyman. Advocate of interfaith and interfaith peace dialogue. Professor of theology at the University of California, Davis. Founder, President, and Executive Director of "Center for the Study of Islam and the Middle East"
Ali Jadbabaie, systems theorist, network scientist, and the JR East Professor of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ali Jafari, professor of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University, Director of the CyberLab at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Hamid Jafarkhani, leading communication theorist and Chancellor's Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine 
Ramin Jahanbegloo, philosopher at University of Toronto
Farnam Jahanian, computer scientist and the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University
Ali Javan, physicist, inventor of gas laser; Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT
Hassan Jawahery, physicist, former spokesman of the BaBar Collaboration, and professor of Physics at the University of Maryland
Majd Kamalmaz, psychotherapist who has been illegally detained in Syria since 2017
Sepandar Kamvar, computer scientist, Stanford University
Mehran Kardar, physicist and professor of physics at MIT, and co-faculty at the  New England Complex Systems Institute
Morvarid Karimi, neurologist and medical researcher whose work focused on the neuroimaging of the pathophysiology of movement disorders. She was an assistant professor of Neurology in the Movement Disorders Section at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Iranist, scholar of modern Persian literature, and Professor and Founding Director of the Roshan Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland 
Ramtin Kassir, otolaryngologist and plastic and reconstructive surgeon who currently heads the Mona Lisa Cosmetic Surgery Center in Wayne, New Jersey, Ridgewood, New Jersey, and New York City
Elham Kazemi, mathematics educator and educational psychologist; Geda and Phil Condit Professor in Math and Science Education in the College of Education of the University of Washington
Firuz Kazemzadeh, historian of Russian and Iranian history, and Professor Emeritus of history at Yale University. He served as a Master of Davenport College at Yale.
Homayoon Kazerooni, roboticist & professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley; director of the  Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory; founder & Chief Scientist of Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics); co-inventor of the  Human Universal Load Carrier
Fatemeh Keshavarz, scholar of Rumi and Farsi language & poetry, and poet in Persian and English; current Director & Chair of the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. Previously, was a professor of Persian Language and Comparative Literature at Washington University in Saint Louis for 20 years
Ali Khademhosseini, Levi Knight Endowed Professor at the University of California-Los Angeles. He holds a multi-departmental professorship in Bioengineering, Radiology, Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering. He is also the Director of Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics (C-MIT).
Laleh Khalili, professor of Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She also writes regularly for Iranian.com
Farid Khavari, economist, and author of ten groundbreaking books & numerous articles on economics, environment, oil, healthcare, & the Middle East. Founder of General Solar Technology, Inc. Former independent candidate for Governor of Florida in the 2010 & 2014 races.
Samira Kiani, Health Systems Engineer at Arizona State University. Her work combines CRISPR technology with synthetic biology. She is a 2019 AAAS Leshner Fellow.
Farinaz Koushanfar, professor and Henry Booker Faculty Scholar of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego
Habib Levy, historian best known for his extensive research on the history of Jews in Iran; author of Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran: The Outset of the Diaspora.
Esfandiar Maasoumi, econometrician and economist. He is a Distinguished Professor at Emory University and a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
Mohammad Jafar Mahjoub, prominent Iranian scholar of Persian literature, essayist, translator, and professor. Moved to the U.S. in 1991 and taught at the University of California, Berkeley
Hoooman Majd, journalist, author, and commentator
G. A. Mansoori, professor of chemical engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago
Alireza Mashaghi, biophysicist and medical scientist at Leiden University and Harvard University
Bahram Mashhoon, general relativity physicist and professor of physics at the University of Missouri. Through his research works, he has given important contributions to general relativity, particularly to the gravitomagnetic clock effect. He is also active in the field of non-local gravity
Rashid Massumi, cardiologist and clinical professor, best known for his pioneering research in the field of electrophysiology. He was also known for bringing modern cardiology to Iran, and for being the cardiologist to the last Shah of Iran and, until 1980, Ayatollah Khomeini
Noah McKay (born Nasser Talebzadeh Ordoubadi), physician and author of Wellness at Warp Speed
Robert Mehrabian, material scientist, former president of Carnegie Mellon University, and Chair, President, and CEO of Teledyne Technologies
Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University; research fellow & co-director of the "Iran Democracy Project" at Stanford's Hoover Institution
Farzaneh Milani, professor of Persian Literature & Women's Studies at the University of Virginia, and the Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages & Cultures.
Mohsen Milani, political scientist, foreign policy analyst, public commentator and professor of politics
Abbas Mirakhor, economist; former Executive Director and Dean of Board of the International Monetary Fund (INF); currently Distinguished Scholar and Chair in Islamic Finance at Malaysia's INCEIF (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance)
Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford University Professor; first female winner of the Fields Medal
Jasmin Moghbeli, NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017
Mehryar Mohri, professor of computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He is known for his work in machine learning, automata theory and algorithms, speech recognition and natural language processing
Parviz Moin, fluid dynamicist, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. 2011 inductee to the United States National Academy of Sciences
Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design 
Farzad Mostashari, internal medicine physician, former national coordinator for health information technology at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and founder and CEO of Alidade, a service provision company for primary care physicians
Hossein Khan Motamed, surgeon, founder of the Motamed Hospital in Tehran, Iran, and personal physician of Mohammad Reza Shah. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1944 and naturalized in 1954. Continued his medical practice in the U.S.
Negar Mottahedeh, cultural critic and film theorist
Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Professor of History, Emeritus at Harvard University, where he taught courses on the pre-modern social and intellectual history of the Islamic Middle East, and is an expert on Iranian culture. Former director of Harvard's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (1987–1990), and inaugural director of Harvard's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program (2005–2011)
Hamid Mowlana, Professor Emeritus of International Relations and founding director of the Division of International Communication at the School of International Service at American University. In 2003, he was honored as an  "Chehrehaye Mandegar" (Eternal One) by Iranian universities and academies for his life achievements
Eden Naby, Iranian-Assyrian cultural historian of Central Asia and the Middle East, who is notable for her publications, research, and preservation work on Assyrian culture and history
Firouz Naderi, former NASA director of Mars project. Has also served in other various technical and executive positions at NASA's  Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Hamid Naficy, world renowned scholar of cultural studies of diaspora, exile, & postcolonial cinemas and media, and of Iranian & Middle Eastern cinemas. Currently the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University in the Department of Radio/Television/Film
Paul M. Naghdi, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Best known for his work on continuum mechanics
Majid M. Naini (مجید ناینی), world-renowned Rumi scholar, computer scientist, former professor at University of Pennsylvania, speaker, and writer of numerous books and articles on poetry, science, technology, and mysticism 
Kayvan Najarian, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University; prominent Islamic philosopher; author of many scholarly books and articles
Vali Nasr, author and scholar on the Middle East and Islamic world; Served as Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C.; Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution
Angella Nazarian (née Angella Maddahi), former Professor of Psychology at Mount St. Mary's University, California State University, Long Beach & the Los Angeles Valley College. She is also a non-fiction author, conference organizer & philanthropist; Co-founder of Looking Beyond
Sharon Nazarian, founder of the Younes and Soraya Israel Studies Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, former adjust professor at UCLA, and philanthropist
Camran Nezhat, laparoscopic surgeon and director of Stanford Endoscopy Center for Training & Technology, Stanford University
Kathy Niakan, human developmental and stem cell biologist. In 2016, she became the first scientist in the world to gain regulatory approval to edit the genomes of human embryos for research. Names one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in April 2016
Reza Olfati-Saber, roboticist and Assistant Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College
Kaveh Pahlavan, Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Professor of Computer Science, and Director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS) at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Firouz Partovi, physicist; founder and former chairman of the Faculty of Physics at the Sharif University of Technology. He has also taught at MIT and Harvard University.
Massoud Pedram, computer engineer known for his research in green computing, power optimization (EDA), low power electronics and design, and electronic design automation.
Gholam A. Peyman, ophthalmologist, retina surgeon, and inventor of LASIK eye surgery
Nader Pourmand, professor of biomolecular engineering at the Baskin School of Engineering
Ali R. Rabi, scholar at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at University of Maryland, College Park; founding chair of the Middle Eastern Citizens Assembly; Initiated the International University of Iran in 2001.
Samuel Rahbar, biomedical scientist, discovered the linkage between HbA1C and diabetes
Hazhir Rahmandad, engineer and expert in dynamic modeling and system dynamics. Associate Professor in the System Dynamics group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research work has been applied to problems in strategy, organizational learning, and public health.
Yahya Rahmat-Samii, professor and the Northrop Grumman Chair in Electromagnetics at Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA
Behzad Razavi, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Communications Circuit Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles. Noted for his research in communications circuitry
Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor & Director of the Center for Quantum Devices at Northwestern University, pioneer in the field of semiconductors and optoelectronic devices whose work resulted in the development of new technologies. She holds 55 patents, and has published 18 books and more than 1000 papers
Zabihollah Rezaee, accountant, Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of accounting at the University of Memphis
Sakineh (Simin) M. Redjali, psychologist and author. She was the first female professor at the National University of Iran
Darius Rejali, professor of political science at Reed College and scholar specialized in the study of torture. He has served on the board of the since 2000. Human Rights Review
Nouriel Roubini, one of the leading economists of our age; professor of economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University; chairman of RGE Monitor
Pardis Sabeti, world-renowned computational geneticist, Assistant Professor, Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Ahmad Sadri, sociologist and professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Lake Forest College, and the James P. Gorter Professor of Islamic World Studies since 2007. Active in the reform movement in Iran. Current board member of the National Iranian American Council.
Mahmoud Sadri, professor of Sociology at the Federation of North Texas Area Universities that includes Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas, & Texas A&M University, Commerce. His major interests are in religious, cultural & theoretical sociology, reform Islam and interfaith dialogue.
Omid Safi, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University, Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and columnist for . He is a scholar of Islamic mysticism ( On Being Sufism) and an advocate of reform within Islam
Mehran Sahami, professor and the Associate Chair for Education in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. He is also the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford.
Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and current NIOC chair in petroleum engineering at USC
Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, professor of Economics at Virginia Tech, and visiting fellow at the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution. His expertise is on demographic & energy economics and the economics of Iran & the larger Middle East
David B. Samadi, vice Chairman of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Eliz Sanasarian, professor of political science at the University of Southern California. Best known for her expertise and books on ethnic politics and feminism, particularly regarding the Middle East and Iran
Kamal Sarabandi, Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan
Homayoun Seraji, Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CalTech, former professor at Sharif University of Technology. He has published extensively in the field of robotics and space exploration. 
Cyrus Shahabi, chair of the Computer Science Department, University of Southern California
Mohammad Shahidehpour, Carl Bodine Distinguished Professor and Chairman in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Illinois Institute of Technology
Ghavam Shahidi, electrical engineer and IBM Fellow, Director of Silicon Technology at IBM's Watson's Laboratory
Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, world-renowned expert on Achaemenid archaeology; lecturer in Achaemenid archeology and Iranology at Harvard University, full professor of history in Eastern Oregon University
Manuchehr Shahrokhi, professor of Global Business-Finance at California State University; Founding Editor of  Global Finance Journal; Executive Director of Global Finance Association 
Fatemeh Shams, contemporary Persian poet, and Assistant Professor of Persian literature at the University of Pennsylvania
Shahrokh Shariat, urologist; professor & chairman of the Department of Urology of the Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; adjunct professor of urology & medical oncology at Weill Cornell Medical Center & at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. World renowned expert & researcher in urological oncology
Nasser Sharify, Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus of the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute
Siamack A. Shirazi, scientist, professor and graduate coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Tulsa. He is also the current director of the Erosion/Corrosion Research Center at the University of Tulsa
Hamid Shirvani, architecture scholar, former president of Briar Cliff University, former chancellor of North Dakota University System. He has also held high leadership positions in many other academic institutions throughout the United States
Rahmat Shoureshi, former President of Portland State University; former President, Provost & professor at New York Institute of Technology
Sam Sofer, scientist who specializes in biological processes and bioreactor design. President of Air & Water Solutions, which manufactures air and water cleaners that utilize immobilized cell technology, President of ReGen Technology LLC, and Chief Science Officer of AWE Global, LLC
Saba Soomekh, professor of religious studies, women's studies, and Middle Eastern history at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. Author of books and articles on contemporary and historical Iranian Jewish culture
Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, university lecturer at Sciences Po, researcher, and United Nations consultant in peacekeeping, conflict resolution, counter-terrorism and radicalization. Best known for her work in " Human Security"
Kian Tajbakhsh, social scientist, urban planner, and professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University. International expert in urban planning, local government reform, and civil society capacity building, and international public policy research collaboration. One of the four Iranian-Americans falsely convicted and detained by the Iranian government in May 2007
Ray Takeyh, Middle East scholar and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Kamran Talattof, Persian literature and Iranian culture; Director of Persian Program University of Arizona
Vahid Tarokh, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Bass Connections Professor, a professor of mathematics (secondary), and computer science (secondary) at Duke University
Nader Tehrani, designer, Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union, and former professor of architecture and department chair at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Co-founder and Design Principal of the top-ranking design firm NADAAA
Cumrun Vafa, string theorist and Donner Professor of Science at Harvard University. Recipient of the 2008 Dirac Medal and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
Saba Valadkhan, biomedical scientist, Assistant professor and RNA researcher at Case Western Reserve University, recipient of the Young Scientist Award in 2005 for her breakthrough in understanding the mechanism of spliceosomes
Roxanne Varzi, associate professor of anthropology and film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine, documentary filmmaker, and writer
Ehsan Yarshater, founder and Editor in Chief of , first full-time professor at a U.S. university since World War II; Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies; Director of the Center for Iranian Studies, Encyclopaedia Iranica Columbia University; 
Seema Yasmin, Director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative at Stanford University
Mohammad Yeganeh, economist, former Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (1973–1975), a professor of economics at Columbia University (1980–1985)
Houman Younessi, researcher and educator in informatics, computer science, and molecular biology. Former research professor at the University of Connecticut; director of Rensselaer Initiative in Systems Engineering (RISE)
Lotfi A. Zadeh, mathematician, computer scientist, electrical engineer, artificial intelligence researcher, and a professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley; father of fuzzy logic and fuzzy set
Norm Zada, former adjunct mathematics professor, entrepreneur, and founder of Perfect 10; son of Lotfi A. Zadeh
Reza Zadeh, computer scientist at Stanford University
Iraj Zandi, Emeritus Professor of Systems, University of Pennsylvania
Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, where he directs economic research. Co-founder of Economy.com. Esmail Zanjani, medical research and department chair of Department of Animal Biotechnology at University of Nevada, Reno. He has also served as president of the International Society for Experimental Hematology
Arts and entertainment
Elina Shirazi, Fox News Channel National Reporter
Colet Abedi, television producer and writer
Omid Abtahi, actor
Reza Abdoh, director and playwright known for large-scale, experimental theatrical productions
Hessam Abrishami, artist whose works have been exhibited internationally
Golnar Adili, multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Much of her works are influenced by her childhood growing up in post- revolutionary Tehran and issues of displacement
Desiree Akhavan, film director, producer, screenwriter and actress
Ray Aghayan, fashion designer and costume designer for the American film industry
Shohreh Aghdashloo, film and television actress; considered one of Iran's leading actresses prior to the 1979 revolution. She is best known in the United States for her role in  (2003). House of Sand and Fog
Dan Ahdoot, stand-up comedian and actor 
Jonathan Ahdout, actor best known for his role in (2003) House of Sand and Fog  
Shiva Ahmadi, multidisciplinary artist whose works borrow from Persian artistic traditions to critically examine contemporary political tensions and social issues such as war, corruption and religion
Mohammad Alavi, video-game developer, best known for his critically acclaimed work on the series Call of Duty
Khalik Allah, filmmaker, photographer, and author. Iranian father.
Morehshin Allahyari, media artist, activist, and educator. Her work questions current political, socio-cultural, and  gender norms while exploring the relationship between technology and art activism. Best known for her work Material Speculation: ISIS (2016), which is a series of 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS
Mark Amin, film producer, distributor, writer, and businessman. Founder of Trimark Pictures (formerly Vidmark Entertainment)
Max Amini, standup comedian and actor
Ana Lily Amirpour, film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor
Pegah Anvarian, fashion designer and creative director of Three Dots
Ali Ardekani, also known as Baba Ali; businessman, game developer, film developer, and Islamic comedian 
Siah Armajani, architect and sculptor known for his public art
Tala Ashe, actress
Kami Asgar, Supervising sound editor for films and television
Aram Avakian, director, film editor
Rasoul Azadani, animator, lighting designer, and layout artist. Best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Shoja Azari, visual artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Best known for films such as (2009), Women Without Men Windows (2006), and (2002) K
Anthony Azizi, television actor, known for playing Omar Idris on Lost
Ashurbanipal Babilla, actor, theatre director, playwright and visual artist
Ramin Bahrani, film director and screenwriter, most notable for his film . Currently a professor of film directing at Chop Shop Columbia University's Graduate Film Program
Mercedes Bass, socialite and arts philanthropist. Serves on the executive boards of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Aspen School of Music and Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the American Academy in Rome
Zal Batmanglij, film director and screenwriter. Creator and showrunner of the Netflix series The OA
Ali Banisadr, artist
Reza Badiyi, film and television director
Nima Behnoud, artist and creative director of the brand NIMANY in New York. He is the first fashion designer to implement Persian calligraphy on formed clothing
Catherine Bell, actress
Le Roy Benjamin, sculptor, and marionette puppeteer and voice impersonator for the vaudeville and television act Le Roy Brothers Marionettes (1939-1955), which was one of the most celebrated and requested vaudeville acts in America at the time. Father is Iranian.
Issa Benyamin, Iranian-Assyrian calligrapher and educator
Bahram Beyzai, filmmaker, playwright, theater director, screenwriter, and (Grandmaster) of Persian letters, arts and Ostād Iranian studies. Considered the pioneer of the Iranian New Wave of cinema.
Bijan, designer of menswear and fragrances. His exclusive boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has been described as "the most expensive store in the world"
Nadia Bjorlin, TV and soap opera actress, singer, and model 
Nazanin Boniadi, television and film actress, and human right defender
Buket, prominent Los Angeles graffiti artist
Henri Charr, Iranian-Assyrian filmmaker
Shaghayegh Cyrous, artist and curator based in San Francisco. Known for social practice art, video installations and street art.
Dar Dash, actor, voice actor
David Dastmalchian, film and theater actor, best known for his role as Kurt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films (2015) and Ant-Man (2018) Ant-Man and the Wasp
Sumbat Der Kiureghian, 20th century watercolor artist
David Diaan, actor, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur
Lucas and Marcus Dobre-Mofid, also known as The Dobre Twins. Dancing duo and YouTube personalities who rose to prominence on the now-defunct Vine video app
Ala Ebtekar, contemporary visual artist
Robert Ekhart, film actor, film director, and editor-in-chief of former Iran-based Setare Cinema magazine
Nabil Elderkin, also known by Nabil; film and music video director and photographer, who has directed music videos for Kanye West, Frank Ocean, John Legend, and Foals
Tanaz Eshaghian, documentary filmmaker
Ali Farahnakian, actor, writer, and improv comedian. Founder of The Peoples Improv Theater (The Pit) in New York City and co-starred the Adult Swim comedy series Delocated
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, artist and collector of traditional folk art. Noted to be one of the most prominent Iranian artists in the contemporary period. The Monir Museum in Tehran was opened in her honor in 2017.
Parisa Fakhri, actress and voice actress, most notable for her role as Arisa Uotani in Fruits Basket
Negin Farsad, comedian, actress, filmmaker, and writer
Hossein Fatemi, photojournalist
Mimi Fayazi, fashion designer
Reza Fazeli, actor, film director, and opposition figure against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, artist, activist, and freelance illustrator. She is best known for her poster campaign "Stop Telling Women to Smile," which uses street art to speak out again the street harassment of women
JoJo Fletcher, contestant on the twentieth season of ABC's and as the lead on the The Bachelor twelfth season of . Iranian mother. The Bachelorette
Hamid Gabbay, architect. Prior to the 1979 revolution, he was a prolific architect throughout Iran. Since his immigration to the United States, he has designed many buildings and private residences in Beverly Hills, California
Andrea Gabriel, actress, best known for her role as Nadia Jaseem in the ABC drama series Lost
Troy Gentile (born Troy Francis Farshi), actor, best known for his role as Mark in and Barry Goldberg in the sitcom Hotel for Dogs The Goldbergs
Siamak Ghahremani, founder of Noor Iranian Film Festival, radio host
Vida Ghahremani, actress, proprietor of Monde Cafe and Cuccini Dance Club in L.A. along with her husband, David Yeghiazarian.
Tina Gharavi, BAFTA-nominated film/TV director and screenwriter
Tehran Von Ghasri, best known by his stage name Tehran; standup comedian and actor
Gabriel Guevrekian, architect of buildings, interiors and gardens. Taught architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nahid Hagigat, illustrator and painter
Taraneh Hemami, visual artist and arts educator. Utilizes multidisciplinary projects to address complex cultural politics of the exile of the Iranian diaspora.
Kambiz Hosseini, actor, political satirist, and television/radio host. Host of Poletik, a satirical news program that airs on Radio Farda. Created and hosted the critically acclaimed Parazit on Voice of America - Persian (2009–2012).
Albert and Allen Hughes (twins), film directors and producers. Most notable for and Menace II Society . Iranian mother The Book of Eli
Reza Beyk Imanverdi, actor and director popular during the 1960s and 1970s in Iran
Mahlagha Jaberi, model
Pouran Jinchi, contemporary artist known for her abstract, calligraphy-based visual art
Maz Jobrani, standup comedian and actor
JonTron (Jonathan "Jon" Aryan Jafari), comedian, YouTuber, video game critic
Joone, photographer, director, and producer of adult films
Pirooz Kalayeh, film director, screenwriter, and writer
Tara Kamangar, classical pianist and composer
Y.Z. Kami, artist, known for creating large-scaled oil-based paintings
Martik Kanian, singer and songwriter
Cyrus Kar, film director 
Bavand Karim, multi-media artist and filmmaker
Reza Karimi, painter, whose oil-based paintings reflect the political turbulence of Iran, such as the trial of Mossadegh and the treatment of women in Iran
Saman Kesh, filmmaker and music video director and producer. He is best known for his music videos for Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Deus, Basement Jaxx, and !!!, among many others
Maryam Keshavarz, filmmaker best known for her 2011 film Circumstance
Donnie Keshawarz, stage, film, and television actor
Andre Khabbazi, television and soap opera actor, semi-professional tennis player
Mehran Khaghani, standup comedian, comedy director and comedy event producer based in Boston, Massachusetts
Marco Khanlian, film and television actor, stunt performer
Nahnatchka Khan, screenwriter and producer. Creator and showrunner of  ABC's Fresh Off the Boat
Kamran Khavarani, award-winning architect and painter. Pioneer of the "Abstract Romanticism" painting style; his paintings have been researched for their therapeutic effects
Kathreen Khavari, actress, writer, and producer
Mohammad Khordadian, choreographer, dancer, and entertainer. Known for his popular dance instruction tapes of Persian and Arabic dance
Cyrus King, actor 
Kamshad Kooshan, screenwriter, film director, and film producer
Sarah R. Lotfi, filmmaker, known for her World War II epic The Last Bogatyr (2009)
Rosie Malek-Yonan, actress, author, director, public figure and activist.
Tala Madani, painter, known for her use of cartoonish and exaggerated sexual imageries
Terrence Malick, award-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer. Notable for films such as (1973), Badlands (1978), Days of Heaven (1998), and The Thin Red Line (2011). He is of Iranian-Assyrian descent The Tree of Life
Arefeh Mansouri, inventor, designer
Marshall Manesh, actor
Mozhan Marnò, film and television actress, best known for her roles in and The Blacklist House of Cards
Jamie Masada, comedian and businessman. Founder of the Laugh Factory, a chain of comedy clubs in several states.
Mercedes Mason, actress
Sanaz Mazinani, multidisciplinary visual artist, curator and educator, known for her photography and installation art
Laleh Mehran, contemporary artist, and professor and graduate director of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver
Peyman Moaadi, actor, screenwriter, director; best known for his role in (2011) A Separation
Arian Moayed, actor, Emmy-nominated writer/director, art educator, and co-founder of Waterwell
Emud Mokhberi, film director and animator. In 2009, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Oktapodi
Amir Mokri, cinematographer, known for his works on , Bad Boys II , Fast & Furious , and Man of Steel The Joy Luck Club
Soudabeh Moradian, award-winning independent filmmaker
Neda Moridpour, feminist artist, educator, and co-founder of the artist-activist collectives LOUDER THAN WORDS and [P]Art Collective. Currently a professor of the Practice in the Media Arts department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Amir Naderi, film director, screenwriter, photographer. One of the major figures in Iranian cinema before and after the 1979 revolution. Best known for and The Runner Vegas: Based on a True Story. Immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s.
Arsi Nami actor, musician, singer-songwriter, music therapist, and philanthropist
Amin Nazemzadeh, actor
Navid Negahban, actor, appeared on and Homeland . Also noted for his role as Mistresses The Sultan in the live-action remake of Aladdin.
Shirin Neshat, visual artist known for her work in film, video, and photography
Ali Nejad, television personality and host
Nicky Nodjoumi, fine-arts painter, whose works address Iranian politics, history, power, and corruption
Zahra Noorbakhsh, comedian, writer, actor and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast
Naveed Nour, contemporary artist who uses photography as the basis of his work
Cyrus Nowrasteh, screenwriter and director
Younan Nowzaradan, surgeon specializing in vascular surgery and bariatric surgery. Best known for helping morbidly obese patients lose weight on the TLC-reality TV show (2012–present) My 600-lb Life
Bijan Pakzad, fashion and perfume designer
Zhubin Parang, improv comedian and writer for The Daily Show
Eric Parnes, multidisciplinary contemporary artist based in New York City. His works utilize corporate branding to examine Middle Eastern culture and its relationship to globalization
Khosrow Parvizi, director
Adrian Pasdar, actor and voice actor
Artemis Pebdani, actress, best known for her roles on television
Nasim Pedrad, actress, comedian, best known for her five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live
Vahik Pirhamzei, actor, producer, director, and writer. Best known for his film My Uncle Rafael
Parsa Pirouzfar, actor, theater director, acting director, playwright, translator, and painter
Tala Raassi, fashion designer, known for her swimsuit line, Dar Be Dar
Babak Rafei, video game art director, character animator and concept artist. Co-founder and CEO of Big Red Button Entertainment
Sara Rahbar, contemporary artist based in New York City
Medalion Rahimi, actress
Hamid Rahmanian, New York–based Iranian multi-disciplinary artist working mostly in cinema, graphic art, and shadow theater
Dominic Rains (born Amin Nazemzadeh), actor, best known for his portrayal in (2010), The Taqwacores (2014), and role his role as Kasius in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ethan Rains (born Iman Nazemzadeh), soap opera actor
Freydoon Rassouli, abstract surrealist and visionary artist, author
Shiva Rose, actress, activist, and blogger; Iranian father
Sabzi, artist known for his abstract impressionist paintings.
Mehdi Saeedi, artist and graphic designer, best known for his proficient typography & calligraphy work, and is the first recognized designer to shape letters from the Arabic and Iranian scripts into forms and shapes ( Zoomorphism) in graphic design. Part-time faculty of graphic design at Towson University
Farhad Safinia, screenwriter, film/television producer, and director
Reza Sixo Safai, director, actor, and producer
Ely Sakhai, art engineer and civil engineer, owner of art galleries in New York City and Great Neck, New York
Behnaz Sarafpour, fashion designer
Hadieh Shafie, visual artist, uses tightly coiled strips of brightly colored paper bearing calligraphy & arranged in patterns
Philip Shahbaz, actor, known for his voice acting for the role of Altaïr in the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed
Sarah Shahi, television actress; Iranian father 
Sayeed Shahidi, child actor and model. Younger brother of Yara
Yara Shahidi, actress, best known for her role as Zoey Johnson in the sitcom (2014–present) and its Black-ish spin-off series (2018–present) Grown-ish
Amir Shervan, film director, producer, actor and screenwriter. Best known for his career in cinema in Iran prior to his immigration to the U.S. in 1987
Shahram Shiva, performance poet
Arash Sobhani, musician and television host
Sheida Soleimani, multimedia artist, photographer, and professor of studio art at Brandeis University. She is best known for her work on Iranian human-rights violation victims, and her outspoken comments on the Iranian regime.
Bahar Soomekh, actress 
Aramazd Stepanian, actor, producer, playwright. Owner, artistic director, and producer of the Luna Playhouse
Tami Stronach, actress, dancer, choreographer
Massy Tadjedin, screenwriter and director
Elie Tahari, fashion designer
Nader Talebzadeh, documentary filmmaker and researcher. Known for his TV series The Messiah
Taravat Talepasand, contemporary artist whose works address cultural taboos, juxtapose cultural stereotypes and express female empowerment. Chair of the Painting Department at the San Francisco Art Institute
Shaun Toub, actor, best known internationally for playing Ho Yinsen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films (2008) and Iron Man (2013) Iron Man 3
Pej Vahdat, actor, best known for his role of Arastoo Vaziri in Bones
Sheila Vand, actress and performance artist
Behrouz Vossoughi, actor, TV host and model
Elham Yaghoubian, writer, designer, political activist
Bob Yari, film producer
Manoucher Yektai, abstract expressionist artist who belongs to the New York School
Suzi Yoonessi, filmmaker, best known for her award-winning feature film Dear Lemon Lima
Necar Zadegan, film and television actress, best known for her recurrent role as First Lady (and then President) Dalia Hassan on , and Delia Banai on 24 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
Caveh Zahedi, film director and actor
Firooz Zahedi, photographer, whose work has appeared in many prominent journalistic publications internationally, and has appeared as the movie posters for films such as Pulp Fiction, Edward Scissorhands, and The Addams Family
Maryam Zahirimehr, screenwriter and film director
Roxana Zal, actress
Sara Zandieh, filmmaker and Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University
Habib Zargarpour, art director, also active in visual effects in Hollywood
Tony Zarrindast, film producer, film director, and actor Rayka Zehtabchi, filmmaker, best known for her 2018 Academy Award-winning documentary short She is the first Iranian-American woman to win an Academy Award. Period. End of Sentence.
Sarkis Acopian, inventor, industrialist, environmentalist; founded the Acopian Technical Company in 1957, through which he designed and manufactured the first ever solar radio.
Vahe Aghabegians, entrepreneur, founding member and executive director of UniPrint, Inc. (a printing house), and was the former president of The Romney Group, Inc.
Sarah Aghili, jewelry designer and entrepreneur.
Hamid Akhavan, CEO of Siemens Enterprise Communications 
Vahid Alaghband, founder and Chairman Balli Group PLC
Siavash Alamouti, president and CEO of edge cloud software company mimic, former CTO Broad Band and INTEL fellow, inventor of Alamouti Code, code-communication engineer
Mike Amiri, founder and Creative Director of AMIRI fashion line
Amir Ansari, co-founder and CTO of Prodea Systems, co-founder and former CTO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI)
Anousheh Ansari, the world's first female space tourist, co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc., co-founder and former CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI)
Cyrus A. Ansary, businessman, lawyer, academic, philanthropist. President of Investment Services International Co., founder and current chairman of Fort Knox National Company, and chairman emeritus of American University
Emik Avakian, inventor, owner of numerous patents including a breath-operated computer, mechanism that facilitates putting wheelchairs on automobiles, and a self-operating robotic wheel
Farhad Azima, airline operator and entrepreneur; founder of Global International Airways, and owner of the Aviation Leasing Group and HeavyLift International
Sardar Biglari, founder, CEO and chairman of Biglari Holdings
Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist at the consulting firm IHS Markit, & formerly the Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Global Insight, Inc
Michael Benjamin (born Michael Benjamin Bonheur), private investor focusing on internet companies, former Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 2004
Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss, businesswoman, entrepreneur and economist. Founder and CEO of the hedge-fund Rock Creek Group, was former treasurer and chief investment officer of the World Bank
J. Darius Bikoff, CEO and founder of Energy Brands, which manufactures VitaminWater
Shaahin Cheyene, entrepreneur, writer, and documentary filmmaker. Founder and CEO of Accelerated Intelligence Inc and Victory Films.
Shahram Dabiri, video game producer, lead producer of World of Warcraft
Jaleh Daie, Senior Managing Partner at Aurora Equity, an investment company for tech start-ups; former professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rutgers University. First woman to serve on the U.S. Space Foundation board of directors.
Perry Daneshgari, entrepreneur, civil and mechanical engineer, and author. He is the founder of MCA and specializes in agile construction
Kiana Danial, personal investing and wealth manager, CEO of Invest Diva
Nader Darehshori, co-founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Aptius Education, director of State Street Corporation, former director of Aviva USA Corporation
Bita Daryabari, philanthropist, entrepreneur and computer scientist
Farzad Dibachi, serial entrepreneur and business executive. Co-founder and CEO of Inception.
Avid Larizadeh Duggan, entrepreneur and venture capitalist
Nazie Eftekhari, founder and principal architect of HealthEZ
Kamran Elahian, founder and Chairman Global Catalyst Partners
Henry Elghanayan, NYC real estate developer, co-founder and chairman of Rockrose Development Corporation
Hossein Eslambolchi, former President and CEO of AT&T Labs and AT&T Global Network Operations. He is also a prolific inventor of 1145+ patents as well as a serial entrepreneur
Fardad Fateri, CEO of International Education Corporation
Arash Ferdowsi, co-founder and CTO of Dropbox
Nasir Gebelli, video game developer, founder of Sirius Software, programmer of Nintendo titles including , Final Fantasy I , Final Fantasy II , and Secret of Mana . His design of the first fast Rad Racer action games on the Apple II computer established him as a pioneer in computer gaming Mark Ghermezian (of the
Ghermezian family), co-founder, Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Braze, Inc
Arthur T. Gregorian, oriental rug dealer based in Greater Boston, and author of books on oriental rugs
Victor Haghani, financier, one of the founding partners of Long Term Capital Management. He has also founded Elm Partners, an active index investment fund, in 2011.
Ali Hajimiri, inventor and entrepreneur in the field of electrical and biomedical engineering; co-founder of Axiom Microdevices Inc.; Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering at CalTech.
Albert Hakim, businessman and a figure in the Iran-Contra affair. Co-founder of the Stanford Technology Trading Group International (STTGI)
Kamran Hakim, New York City-based landlord, real estate developer and founder of the Hakim Organization
Babak Hodjat, technologist and computer scientist.
Neil Kadisha, CEO of Omninet Capital, LLC
Samy Kamkar, entrepreneur, computer hacker, and privacy & security researcher on mobile phone tracking. Co-founder of the communications company Fonality, and creator of the SkyJack hacking drone, the Evercookie, and the MySpace super-virus ". Samy" worm
Darius Kazemi, computer programmer, social activist, and artist. Co-founder of the worker-owned technology collective Feel Train
Sam Kazemian, software programmer; Co-Founder and President of Everipedia
Salar Kamangar, former CEO of YouTube, senior executive at Google
Kayvan Khalatbari, serial entrepreneur based in Denver, Colorado and social activist. Founding partner of the Sexy Pizza restaurant chain, Birdy Magazine, Sexpot Comedy, Denver Relief Consulting, and Denver Relief, which is the longest continually operated cannabis company in Denver.
Nader Khalili, award-winning architect. Best known for inventing the Superadobe and Ceramic houses construction techniques, which incorporate atypical building materials to provide shelter for those in the developing world, for the homeless & in emergency contexts. Founder of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth), & a leader of the ethically-based architecture movement
Shaygan Kheradpir, businessman and technology executive. Former CIO of Verizon, former COO of Barclays Bank, and former CEO of Juniper Networks and Coriant.
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber; on board of directors of The New York Times Company
Mike Kohan, founder & owner of the Kohan Retail Investment Group based in Great Neck, NY, which owns 27 shopping malls as of late 2018
Omid Kordestani, Executive Chairman of Twitter, former Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer, and special advisor at Google
Isaac Larian, founder and CEO of MGA Entertainment; manufacturer of Bratz dolls
Hamid Moghadam, chairman and CEO of Prologis, board member of Stanford Management Company
Mahbod Moghadam, internet entrepreneur; co-founder and former Chief Community Officer of Everipedia, co-founder of Rap Genius (now Genius)
Moj Mahdara, CEO of Beautycon Media, is an entrepreneur in the entertainment, digital, and emerging technology spaces
Milton Malek-Yonan, Iranian-Assyrian entrepreneur and inventor of Malekized Rice Amir, Eskandar and
Fraydun Manocherian, NYC-based real estate investors, founders of Manocherian Brothers and Pan Am Equities
David A. Marcus, former President of PayPal, and current Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook, where he heads the Facebook Messenger unit. Sits on the Coinbase board of directors. Iranian mother.
Fariborz Maseeh, pioneer of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), founder of IntelliSense, founder and managing principal of Orlander LLC, and founder of Orbitron LP; philanthropist
Manny Mashouf, founder and former chairman of Bebe Stores
Saul Maslavi, president and CEO of Jovani Fashion
Cyrus Massoumi, co-founder of the investment fund "humbition." Founder and former CEO of Zocdoc
Justin Mateen, co-founder and former CMO of Tinder
David Merage, co-founder of Chef America Inc., manufacturer of Hot Pockets microwavable meals. Brother of Paul.
Paul Merage, co-founder of Chef America Inc., manufacturer of Hot Pockets microwavable meals. Brother of David.
Bob Miner, co-founder of Oracle Corporation and the producer of its relational database management system 
Mohsen Moazami, entrepreneur; founder of Stanford Business Systems, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, and Seif Capital. He is also a member of Cisco Systems executive staff
Afshin Mohebbi, former President and COO of Qwest Communications International, Inc.
Joseph Moinian, New York City real estate developer, founder of the Minion Group
Jeff Moorad, businessman and investor. Former General Partner and CEO of MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks, and former Vice-Chairman and CEO of MLB's San Diego Padres.
Jahm Najafi, founder and CEO of Najafi Companies, a private equity firm. Vice Chairman and co-owner of the Phoenix Suns NBA team
Ron Najafi, founder and CEO of Emery Pharma, and founder and former CEO of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals
Mohammad Namazi, founder of the Namazi Hospital in Shiraz, and was a resident in America for over 30 years
Ezri Namvar, founder of Namco Capital Group and former owner of the Security Pacific Bank
David Nazarian, business, investor, and philanthropist. Founder and CEO of Nimes Capital
Izak Parviz Nazarian, business mogul and philanthropist, managing partner at Omninet Capital
Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of the SBE Entertainment Group
Younes Nazarian, businessman, investor and philanthropist. Early investor in Qualcomm and Chairman of Nazarian Enterprises
Farzad Nazem, former CTO and executive vice president of Yahoo!
Mehrdad Nikoonahad, electrical engineer, technologist, innovator and entrepreneur; founder & CEO of PARTOE, INC, co-founder and former CEO of Solar Notion, Inc. Holds over 100 patents
Fred Ohebshalom, New York City real estate developer and founder of Empire Management
Pierre Omidyar, founder of e-Bay
Joseph Parnes, investment advisor, founder and CEO of Technomart Investment Advisors
Ali Partovi, entrepreneur and angel investor. Best known as co-founder of Code.org, iLike, LinkExchange, and an early advisor of Dropbox Prince
Perci Piétro (born Percia Piétrolungo), real estate entrepreneur and founder of OWN Realty and OWN Financial. He is the son of Qajar Princess Shahnaz Shakoori
Shervin Pishevar, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, super angel investor, and philanthropist. Co-founder and former executive chairman of Hyperloop One, co-founder and managing director of Sherpa Capital
Roozbeh Pournader, co-founder and co-developer of Persian Wikipedia
Kamran Pourzanjani, entrepreneur and an early angel investor based in Los Angeles, California
Sean Rad, co-founder, chairman and former CEO of Tinder
Hooman Radfar, co-founder and former CEO of AddThis; current partner at Expa, a start-up studios based in San Francisco
Mazdack Rassi, real estate and creative entrepreneur; co-founder of Milk Studios, Milk Makeup, and Camp David in New York City
Mostafa Ronaghi, CTO and Senior Vice President at Illumina. He is also a molecular biologist specializing in DNA sequencing technology
Kathy Rose (née Katayoun Azarmi), jewelry designer, entrepreneur, and actress. Creator of the jewelry line Kaviar Jewelry, now called Kathy Rose for Roseark. She is also the owner of the retail store Roseark, created in 2003.
Ali Rowghani, COO of Twitter, and managing partner at Y Combinator
Arman Sadeghi, entrepreneur and speaker
Joel Simkhai, founder & former CEO of Grindr dating app
Shahin (Shawn) Shadfar, founder and president of omNovia Technologies; co-founder and CEO of Xerzees Technologies, the company behind the mobile app Zurf
John Shahidi, businessman, software developer, music manager and music producer. CEO of Shots Studios (formerly RockLive)
Sam Shahidi, businessman, software developer, music manager and music producer. CCO and CPO of Shots Studios (formerly RockLive)
Ben Shaoul, co-founder of Magnum Real Estate Group
Darian Shirazi, founder of Radius. At age 19, he was the first intern hired by Facebook
Henry D. Sahakian, founder and owner of Uni-Mart
Rob Sobhani, chairman and chief executive of Caspian Group, and founder and CEO of Faro Corporation; author and lecturer on energy issues, U.S. immigration policies, and U.S. policy towards the Middle East
Ben Soleimani, designer, real estate investor, urban developer, and polo player. Creator of Mansour/Mansour Modern, and a driving force behind the development of Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, California
Parisa Tabriz, Director of Engineering at Google and computer security expert, nicknamed Google's "Security Princess." Co-founder of the Our Security Advocates conference
Sina Tamaddon, Senior Vice President of Applications for Apple Computer 
Roxanne Varza, company executive
Sohrab Vossoughi, entrepreneur, product designer, and founder of Ziba Design, a design and innovation consultancy based in Portland, Oregon
Roxanne Varza, director of Station F in Paris, France, and former head of start-up activities for Microsoft in France. Co-founder of Girls in Tech Paris and Girls in Tech London, which organize computer code writing courses for women
Rouzbeh Yassini, Inventor of the cable modem, Executive Director of the University Of New Hampshire Broadband Center Of Excellence and Founder of YAS Foundation. He is lauded internationally as a "broadband visionary" for his pioneering work in the broadband industry.
Bobby Yazdani, founder and former CEO of Saba Software
Shayan Zadeh, founder of Zoosk
Payam Zamani, founder, chair and CEO of One Planet Ops, Inc, a hybrid tech firm and conglomerate that owns and invests in online technology and media businesses that have an ethos of improving society and giving back to communities. He is on the board of directors of the Tahirih Justice Center, which works with immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. Eli Zelkha, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and professor. He was the inventor of ambient intelligence
Colet Abedi, young adult novelist and television producer
Salar Abdoh, novelist and essayist. Current director of the graduate program in creative writing at the City College of New York.
Kaveh Akbar, poet and scholar
Laleh Bakhtiar, writer and scholar
Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, writer of books on health and wellness. Best known for his book, Your Body's Many Cries for Water
Najmieh Batmanglij, acclaimed chef and cookbook author
William D. S. Daniel, Iranian-Assyrian author, poet, and musician
Parvin Darabi, writer and women's rights activist. Best known for book Rage Against the Veil
Jasmin Darznik, author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life and Song of a Captive Bird
Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
FM-2030, author, teacher, transhumanist philosopher, futurist; author of Are You a Transhuman?: Monitoring and Stimulating Your Personal Rate of Growth in a Rapidly Changing World (1989)
Sara Farizan, writer of young adult literature. Best known for her novel, If You Could Be Mine (2013)
Ezzat Goushegir, fiction writer & playwright
Roya Hakakian, writer, poet, and journalist
Hakob Karapents, novelist and short story writer whose works were written in both Armenian and English. Settled in the U.S. in 1947.
Laleh Khadivi, novelist and documentary filmmaker
Porochista Khakpour, novelist, essayist, and writer
Tahereh Mafi, novelist of young adult fiction
Mahtob Mahmoody, author of autobiographical memoir My Name is Mahtob and daughter of Betty Mahmoody, the author of Not Without My Daughter
Faranak Margolese, writer, best known as author of Off the Derech
Marsha Mehran, novelist, known for international bestsellers Pomegranate Soup (2005) and Rosewater and Soda Bread (2008)
Shokooh Mirzadegi, novelist and poet, who worked for Ferdowsi magazine and Kayhān daily in the late 1960s in Iran. Since immigrating to the U.S. in 1995, she has continued being an active figure in the Iranian literary community
Azadeh Moaveni, author of and co-author of Lipstick Jihad with Iran Awakening Shirin Ebadi, and reporter for on Iran and the Middle East Time magazine
Melody Moezzi, writer, attorney, and author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims. She is a United Nations Global Expert and former Executive Director of the interfaith nonprofit "100 People of Faith"
Ottessa Moshfegh, writer, author of Eileen
Farnoosh Moshiri, novelist, playwright, and librettist. Professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Houston-Downtown
Dora Levy Mossanen, author of historical fiction
Azar Nafisi, writer, best known for Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Gina Nahai, author of , Cry of the Peacock , and Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith Caspian Rain
Steven Naifeh, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Jackson Pollack and Vincent Van Gogh, co-author of 18 other books with Gregory White Smith, businessman, and artist
Dina Nayeri, novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Author of A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea and Refuge
Abdi Nazemian, author and screenwriter. Best known for The Walk-In Closet
Ghazal Omid, nonfiction political writer, nonfiction children's book writer, speaker, NGO executive
Shahrnoosh Parsipour, writer
Susan Atefat Peckham, poet
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, memoirist, playwright, and fiction writer
Dalia Sofer, writer, best known for The Septembers of Shiraz
Neda Soltani, writer of My Stolen Face and political exile
Mahbod Seraji, writer, best known for Rooftops of Tehran
Mahmoud Seraji, a.k.a. "M.S. Shahed," poet best known for his trilogy Mazamir Eshgh (مزامیر عشق). Father of Mahbod Seraji
Solmaz Sharif, poet, known for her debut poetry collection, Look. Currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University
Andrew David Urshan, evangelist and author. Known as the "Persian Evangelist", he was the author of numerous religious books Sholeh Wolpe, poet, editor and literary translator
Elina Shirazi, Fox News Channel National Reporter
Sohrab Ahmari, journalist, current op-ed editor at the and a contributing editor at the New York Post . Previously worked as a columnist and editor at Catholic Herald The Wall Street Journal
Yashar Ali, journalist who has contributed to , HuffPost NBC News, and magazine New York
Masih Alinejad, journalist and author; presenter/producer for Voice of America - Persian, correspondent on Radio Farda, and frequent contributor to Manoto television
Christiane Amanpour, journalist and television host; Chief International Anchor for CNN and host of CNN International's nightly interview program . She is also the host of Amanpour on Amanpour & Company PBS
Nina Ansary, historian, author and media correspondent best known for her work on women's equity in Iran.
Saman Arbabi, journalist, cartoonist, and host, creator and executive producer of Voice of America - Persian's satirical television shows and Parazit OnTen
Davar Ardalan, NPR producer of Tell Me More
Zia Atabay, singer, television host, and human-rights activist. Founder of the Los Angeles-based National Iranian Television (US)
Sara Azari, criminal defense attorney and media personality who provides legal commentary and analysis on television programs such as Good Morning America, Good Day LA, and ABC News, among others. She is also a recurring guest expert and panelist on CNN
Rudi Bakhtiar, producer for Reuters, best known for appearances on CNN; former Voice of America - Persian employee, former Director of Public Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)
John Batchelor, author and host of the nationally syndicated The John Batchelor Show on AM 770 WABC radio
Shmuley Boteach, rabbi, radio and television host, author
Ariana Bundy, chef, writer, and television personality. Best known for her cookery of Persian cuisine and travel series Ariana's Persian Kitchen which airs on Nat Geo People
Lisa Daftari, journalist, TV commentator; founder of The Foreign Desk
Borzou Daragahi, print and radio journalist; International Correspondent for , and former Baghdad bureau chief for the The Independent Los Angeles Times
Holly Dagres, analyst and commentator on the Middle East with a focus on Iran. Curator for the weekly newsletter, The Iranist, and regularly writes articles and conducts interviews on TV for a variety of journalistic outlets
Sibel Edmonds, founder and editor-in-chief of independent news website NewsBud, founder and publisher of Boiling Frogs Post, and former contract translator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Azadeh Ensha, journalist, The New York Times
Donald Fareed, Christian televangelist, President of non-profit Persian Ministries International
Mahtab Farid, journalist for Voice of America - Persian, Radio Farda and Fox News, public diplomacy strategist, and Boren Scholar. She was awarded the "Expeditionary Service Award" by the U.S. State Department for her efforts in public diplomacy in Afghanistan
Farnaz Fassihi, journalist, Wall Street Journal
Caroline Framke, regular author and culture commentator at Vox, and has contributed to , The Atlantic , The A.V. Club , Vulture and Salon NPR. Iranian mother.
Ramin Ganeshram, chef, cookbook author, and food columnist for a variety of publications and websites, including and The New York Times Newsday
Susie Gharib, award-winning business news journalist. Senior Special Correspondent for magazine, and former anchor of Fortune produced by Nightly Business Report CNBC
Iraj Gorgin, prominent radio and television broadcaster and journalist in Iran prior to the 1979 Revolution. Former director of Radio Iran, and host of a program on contemporary Persian poetry at National Iranian Radio and Television
Laci Green, YouTuber whose content focuses on sex education. Iranian father.
Saba Hamedy, news editor at Huffington Post, and former breaking news reporter at CNN
Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, former television host on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) until his exile to the U.S. in 2011. He has since been a vocal advocate of the Islamic Republic of Iran through his political opposition group "Restart"
Alireza Jafarzadeh, media commentator and active dissident figure to the Iranian government. President of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc. and FOX News Foreign Affairs Analyst
Pedram Javaheri, meteorologist for CNN International
Amir Korangy, newspaper and magazine publisher, and film producer. Founder of the business magazine , which covers real estate and finance news. Also, founder of the newspapers The Real Deal The Washington Free Press and South of the Border
Kim Khazei, news anchor for 7News Boston WHDH-TV and its sister station WLVI-TV
Hooman Majd, journalist, author, and commentator who writes on Iranian affairs
Arash Markazi, sports journalist, currently writing for the and formerly for Los Angeles Times Sports Illustrated
Leandra Medine, author, blogger, and humor writer best known for Man Repeller, an independent fashion and lifestyle website
Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of on Code Switch NPR, a critically acclaimed podcast covering race, culture, and diversity issues
Azadeh Moaveni, journalist for magazine, and author of Time and Lipstick Jihad with Shirin Ebadi Iran Awakening
Negar Mortazavi, journalist who covers Iran in both English and Farsi and is a frequent commentator on Iran at journalistic outlets both in the U.S. and throughout the world. Former host of an interactive current affairs show at Voice of America - Persian
Sina Najafi, founder and editor-in-chief of New York-based Cabinet Magazine
Asieh Namdar, former CNN anchor, reporter and producer; current anchor of CGTN AMERICA in Washington, DC
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, journalist and reporter for the National Public Radio (NPR), most notably for , Morning Edition , and All Things Considered . Currently, she is the director of the Weekend Edition NPR bureau in Berlin
Samin Nosrat, chef, regular food columnist for , and showrunner of the The New York Times Magazine Netflix docu-series based on her cookbook of the same name Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Dari Nowkhah, lead anchor of the SEC Network, an American sports television network
Azi Paybarah, New York-based journalist who focuses on local politics, and has worked as a reporter for many local journalistic outlets of New York City such as the , the New York Press , and New York Observer WNYC, among several others
Shabnam Rezaei, co-founder of Big Bad Boo studios (originally named Norooz productions) and Oznoz. Creator & producer of the animated TV series 16 Hudson, (the first animated television adaptation of the 1001 Nights folks tales), and One Thousand and One Nights (a TV spinoff of her film Mixed Nutz ) Babak and Friends - A First Norooz
Jason Rezaian, journalist, served as Tehran bureau chief for . He was convicted of false espionage charges by the Iranian government in 2015, later released in 2016 The Washington Post
Roosh V (Daryush Valizadeh), blogger, pickup artist and writer
Maer Roshan, Editor-in-Chief of , serial entrepreneur of several prominent magazines and websites, and former editor of Los Angeles Magazine , New York (magazine) , and Talk (magazine) Interview (magazine)
Atoosa Rubenstein, former and Seventeen editor-in-chief CosmoGIRL!
Roxana Saberi, photojournalist whose 2009 arrest in Iran became a cause celebre
Jahan Salehi, President of Agence Global, Inc. syndicate
Homa Sarshar, journalist, author, feminist activist. Columnist for Zan-e-Ruz magazine Kayhan daily newspaper (1964–1973).
Anand Lal Shimpi, founder and former CEO of the technology journalism website, AnandTech
Elina Shirazi, journalist and Miami-based correspondent for the Fox News Channel
Ali Akbar Tabatabaei, former press attache to the Iranian Embassy in the United States during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. After his exile to the U.S. after the Iranian Revolution, he became president of the Iran Freedom Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland
Farnoosh Torabi, journalist, author, television personality, and personal finance expert. Host of CNBC Primetime series Follow The Leader and host of award-winning podcast So Money
Vahid Online, a pseudonym of an Iranian blogger and Internet activist, known for his coverage of the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests through social media.
Ebrahim Victory, creator and host of the Channel One TV science program "The Wonders of the Universe" which discusses astronomy and cosmology to Farsi-speaking audiences. He is also well known for his appearances in various Persian TV and radio programs as well has his numerous Farsi popular science articles speaking on astronomy, cosmology, and space exploration
Cyma Zarghami, former president of Nickelodeon and Viacom Media Networks Kids & Family Group Mohammad Kheirkhah Zoyari, photographer, has worked for United Press International and BBC and has covered events in the Middle East (especially in Iran during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests), Europe and the United States
Pouyan Afkary, synthesizer musician, member of "Scary Kids Scaring Kids"
Lily Afshar, classical guitarist
Evin Agassi, Iranian-Assyrian singer, considered to be one of the most prominent Assyrian singers of the last 50 years
Elton Ahi, music producer and owner of Rusk Studios in Los Angeles, California, which has recorded artists such as Donna Summer, Elton John, and Laura Branigan, among many others. He is also a music producer, editor, and sound engineer for Hollywood motion pictures
Azam Ali, singer and santour player. Member of the "alternative world" band VAS and the Iranian acoustic electronic group Niyaz.
Sahba Aminikia, contemporary music composer, performer, and educator
Andy, popular Iranian pop singer-songwriter and actor
Aref Arefkia, Iranian pop singer and actor, known as "the king of Hearts" and "the legend of pop"
Faramarz Aslani, Iranian pop and folk singer, guitarist
Iraj Janatie Ataie, critically and popularly acclaimed Iranian poet, lyricist, playwright, and theater director. Known for his collaborations with Ebi and Dariush
Axiom of Choice, world music group who perform a modernized fusion style rooted in Persian classical music.
Morteza Barjesteh, best known by stage name Morteza; Iranian pop singer-songwriter and composer who grew fame in Iran in 1980's. After his move to the U.S. in 1981, he founded the "Iran Culture House" in Los Angeles in 2002.
Tannoz Bahremand Foruzanfar, first Iranian woman to be ordained as a Jewish cantor in the United States in 2009
Yak Ballz (stage name of Yashar Zadeh), independent hip hop artist and one of the original members of The Weathermen
Rostam Batmanglij, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer. Former keyboard player of indie rock band Vampire Weekend, and currently part of the electro-soul group Discovery
Leila Bela, avant-garde musician, actress, playwright, photographer, and former member of Pigface
Charlie Bisharat, violinist who was the member of the band Shadowfax. His works can also be heard as soundtracks for many films and television shows
Cyrus Bolooki, drummer of New Found Glory
George Chaharbakhshi, Iranian-Assyrian singer active in the United States.
Richard Danielpour, composer, Professor of Composition, Manhattan School of Music
Vigen Derderian, best known as Vigen. prominent Iranian pop music singer and actor; known as the "King of Iranian Pop" and the "Sultan of Jazz"
Amir Derakh, guitarist and synthesizer player for Julien-K, guitarist of the band Dead by Sunrise, former guitar synthesizer player for Orgy, and former guitarist of Rough Cutt
Deep Dish, electronic music group
Ramin Djawadi, German-born composer of film and television scores, best known as the score composer for and Game of Thrones Westworld
Dubfire (Ali Shirazinia), house and techno DJ and producer; formerly a member of Deep Dish
Wafah Dufour, singer-songwriter, socialite, model
Eden xo (stage name of Jessica Eden Malakouti), singer, songwriter, and actress
Mahan Esfahani, world-renowned harpsichordist, who has played recitals in major concert halls and events throughout the world, and has had concerto appearances with orchestras throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia
Kristina Esfandiari, singer-songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist of the doom metal band "King Woman" (signed to Sargent House) and her solo moniker "Miserable"
Ardeshir Farah, musician and guitarist, makes up one half of duo Strunz & Farah
Rana Farhan, musician and singer of jazz and blues. Known to combine classic Persian poetry with modern jazz and blues.
Cyrus Forough, concert violinist who has performed in recitals and competitions around the world and has performed as a soloist with orchestras internationally. He is a professor of violin and chamber music at Carnegie Mellon University
Leila Forouhar, Iranian pop and classical singer, model, and actress
Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian pop singer and songwriter, poet, film director, and radio/TV producer.
Aram Gharabekian, conductor, former Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. Founder, and until 1996, directed and conducted the Boston SinfoNova Orchestra
Googoosh, Iranian pop singer, actress and superstar who is considered to be the most iconic female pop singer in the Persian speaking world
Haale (stage name of Haale Gafori), singer, composer, and poet. She sings in both English and Farsi, and has recorded music albums with both her own poetry and those of Rumi, Attar, and Forough Farrokhzad
Pejman Hadadi, internationally acclaimed tonbak player and Persian classical musician. Member of Axiom of Choice and the Dastan Ensemble
Hayedeh, singer of Persian classical, folk, and pop music. Considered one of the most popular singers of 20th century Iran. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1982
Mohammad Heydari, prominent santur player and songwriter
K-Salaam (stage name of Kayvon Sarfehjooy), DJ and music producer
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh player, composer and master of classical Kurdish and Persian traditional music
Tara Kamangar, pianist and composer
Shahrum Kashani, better known as Shahrum K or K; Iranian pop singer
Leila Kasra, better known as Hedieh; Iranian contemporary poet and lyricist who had written lyrics for many prominent Iranian pop artists. Best known for writing 30 songs for Hayedeh.
Erwin Khachikian, musician, singer, and producer. Member of Serj Tankian's solo band The F.C.C.; creator of Karmandan, which focuses on the Iranian music scene
Mamak Khadem, world trance music singer; former lead singer of Axiom of Choice
Anousheh Khalili, singer-songwriter and electronic musician, who has collaborated as a vocalist with Deep Dish and Sharam
Bahador Kharazmi, singer, songwriter, producer  
Locksmith (stage name of Davood Ali Asgari), rapper and one half of the former underground duo The Frontline, which pioneered the "New Bay" resurgence movement in the Bay Area in the 2000s.
Mahasti, singer of Persian classical, folk, and Persian pop. Younger sister of Hayedeh. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1981.
Foad Manshadi, also known as Foad; musician who utilizes his style of world music-inspired rap to bring light to social justice issues
Mansour, Iranian pop singer and songwriter based in Southern California
Rana Mansour, pop and jazz singer
Lotfi Mansouri, opera director and manager; former General Director of the San Francisco Opera (1988–2001)
Arsi Nami, music therapist, singer, songwriter, actor
Soheil Nasseri, concert pianist
Sadegh Nojouki, Pop and Classical composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger, and pianist. Introduced the combined music style of Persian traditional music with classical and pop music. Also pioneered the use of String Orchestra and Piano in Persian pop. Composer and arranger for many prominent Iranian pop singers
Nostalghia, singer-songwriter, post-industrial musician, and poet. Iranian mother.
Ahmad Pejman, classical composer, notable for both operatic and symphonic works
Tony Petrossian, music video director  
Pouya Jalili Pour, Iranian pop singer famous for his "Safar" (Journey) song released in 2000. Currently resides in Los Angeles, California
Armen Ra, thereminist, performer, artist, director and production designer
Behzad Ranjbaran, composer
Kaveh Rastegar, Grammy-nominated bass guitarist and composer. Founder of Kneebody and Dakah. He has collaborated with CeeLo Green, Bruno Mars, and De La Soul, among many others
Gity Razaz, composer
Susan Roshan, singer-songwriter
Shahrdad Rouhani, composer, violinist/pianist, and conductor
Sabzi, hip-hop producer and DJ
Sacha Sacket, pop singer-songwriter. Iranian father
Kamran Sadeghi, electronic musician, producer, and mix-engineer
Manoochehr Sadeghi, Ostād (Grandmaster) of the santur. Recipient of a 2003 National Heritage Fellowship of the National Endowment of the Arts, the highest honor in the United States for the folk and traditional arts
Ilya Salmanzadeh, music producer
Bijan Samandar, prominent contemporary poet, lyricist, and Tar player. He has written lyrics for notable artists such as Ebi, Vigen, Moein, Dariush, and many more
Hassan Sattar, best known by Sattar, singer of Iranian pop and classical music popular during pre-revolutionary Iran. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1978.
Shahrzad Sepanlou, Iranian pop singer. Her songs reflect subjects such as revolution, war, and repression.
Shahram Shabpareh, Iranian pop singer and songwriter
Kouros Shahmiri, Persian pop singer, best known for being part of the pop duo Andy & Kouros with Andy
Saeed Shahram, composer of film and television scores. He has over 40 film soundtracks to his credit since 1983.
Sharam (Sharam Tayebi), techno and house DJ and producer
Jamshied Sharifi, film composer, musician, and producer
Ziba Shirazi, singer and poet. Her music blends Persian melodies with world music and jazz.
Susan, Persian pop singer popular in Iran during the 1960s and 1970s. She immigrated to the U.S. after the 1979 revolution
Ali Tabatabaee, one of the lead singers of Orange County, California-based pop-punk band Zebrahead
Loga Ramin Torkian, musician, composer, and co-founder of the bands Axiom of Choice and Niyaz. Plays the Iranian tar, the Turkish saz, and the GuitarViol, among other instruments
Shamiram Urshan, singer of Assyrian folk music and entertainer who gained popularity in the 1980s in Iran
Reza Vali, musician and composer. Currently on faculty at Carnegie Mellon University
Omid Walizadeh, also known as Omid or OD; hip hop producer
The Yellow Dogs, indie rock and post-punk revival group; formed in Tehran, now based in Brooklyn, New York
Azita Youssefi, experimental musician, artist, and music teacher who was involved in the Chicago no wave scene in the 1990s, playing in bands such as Scissor Girls, Miss High-Heel (with Weasel Walter and Jim O'Rourke) and Bride of No No
Kayvon Zand, New York City-based nightlife personality and musician who creates 80's inspired electronic dance music. He is a self-taught pianist, and also plays the violin and viola. He is well known locally for his eccentric live performances and extravagant parties. Kourosh Zolani, composer, soloist and inventor; designed and plays the world's only playable Chromatic Santour
Parry Aftab, Internet privacy and security lawyer, considered one of the founders of cyberlaw. Founder of the cybersafety organizations WiredSafety, StopCyberbullying and the consulting firm, WiredTrust
Roozbeh Aliabadi, advisor and commentator on geopolitical risk and geoeconomics. Current partner at global affair practice at GGA in New York City, former Senior Advisor to the Department of Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iran
Mahnaz Afkhami, women's rights activist who served in the Cabinet of Iran from 1976 to 1978; Executive Director of the Washington-based Foundation for Iranian Studies, and the founder and president of the Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
Goli Ameri, former Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Values and Diplomacy for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, former U.S. public delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, and former Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives from the 1st district of Oregon.
Cyrus Amir-Mokri, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Treasury Department
Jamshid Amouzegar, economist and politician who served as Prime Minister of Iran (1977–1978). Immigrated to U.S. in 1978
Hushang Ansary, former Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, former Ambassador of Iran to the United States (1967–1969) and Chairman of National Finance Committee of Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.
Arash Aramesh, lawyer, political commentator, and national security and foreign policy analyst. He is known for his appearances on CNN, Fox News, BBC News, and MSNBC to comment on foreign policy
Gholam Reza Azhari, military leader and Prime Minister of Iran (1978–1979). Immigrated to the U.S. in 1979
Pantea Beigi, human rights advocate, known for her media appearances commenting on the human rights conditions in Iran in the wake of the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests. She has served as an AmeriCorps member for the PeaceJam foundation, notably working with Dr. Shirin Ebadi in her efforts to address social and economic injustices of the youth in Iran
Michael Benjamin, 1996 Republican candidate for the U.S. House from the 8th district of New York, and 2004 United States Senate Republican Primary candidate from New York
Makan Delrahim, United States Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division under the Trump Administration
Jimmy Delshad, former Mayor of Beverly Hills, California (2007–2008, 2010–2011), and first Iranian-born mayor of an American city
Eugene Dooman, counselor at the United States Embassy in Tokyo during the period of critical negotiations between the U.S. and Japan before World War II
Abdullah Entezam, Iranian diplomat who served as Iranian ambassador to France (1927) and to West Germany, and who served as secretary of the Iranian embassy in the United States. Father of Hume Horan
Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative of California's 18th congressional district
Anna Eskamani, member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Abbas Farzanegan, former governor of the state of Esfahan, communications minister and diplomat during Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's reign. He was a key figure in the facilitation of the 1953 Iranian coup d'état. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1975
Shireen Ghorbani, at-large member of the Salt Lake County Council, representing 1.1 million residents
Rostam Giv, 3rd representative of Iranian Zoroastrians in Iranian parliament, senator of the Iranian Senate, and prominent philanthropist to the Zoroastrian community in Iran, then United States, and throughout the world. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1978.
Ferial Govashiri, served as the Personal Secretary to U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House (2014-2017). Currently is the Chief of Staff to the Chief Content Officer of Netflix
Hrach Gregorian, political consultant, educator, and writer. His work has taken him internationally as a consultant on international conflict management, and post-conflict peacebuilding
Cyrus Habib, 16th Lieutenant Governor of Washington, and President of the Washington State Senate. First and so far only Iranian-American elected to state office
Kamal Habibollahi, last Commander of the Imperian Iranian Navy until the Iranian Revolution and the last CNO commander of the Pahlavi dynasty. Also held several minister positions under the military government of Gholam Reza Azhari in 1978. Immigrated to the U.S. after the Iranian Revolution
Shamsi Hekmat, women's rights activist who pioneered reforms in women's status in Iran. Founded the first Iranian Jewish women's organization ( Sazman Banovan Yahud i Iran) in 1947. After her migration to the U.S., she established the Iranian Jewish Women's Organization of Southern California to help poor families and students.
Shahram Homayoun, political dissident of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and owner of "Channel One," a Persian satellite TV station based in Los Angeles that broadcasts into Iran daily
Hume Horan, diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and the Ivory Coast. Described as "perhaps the most accomplished Arabic linguist to serve in the U.S. Foreign Service." Son of Abdullah Entezam
Fereydoon Hoveyda, former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations (1971–1979). Since his exile to the U.S., he was a senior fellow and member of the Executive Committee of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP)
Shaban Jafari, Iranian political figure, practitioner of Pahlevani and zoorkhaneh rituals. Key figure involved in the facilitation of the 1953 Iranian coup d'état. Exiled to the United States soon after the 1979 revolution
Anna Kaplan (née Anna Monahemi), first Iranian-American elected to New York State Senate
Zahra Karinshak, attorney and politician.
Mehdi Khalaji, political analyst, writer, and scholar of Shia Islamic studies. Senior research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a D.C.-based foreign policy think tank. He has frequently contributed to journalistic outlets such as BBC, , The Guardian , and The Washington Post The New York Times
Alan Khazei, social entrepreneur; founder and CEO of "Be The Change, Inc", which is dedicated to building coalitions among non-profit organizations and citizens to enact legislations on issues such as poverty and education. Co-founder and former CEO of City Year, an AmeriCorps national service program
Bijan Kian, businessman, member of the board of directors of the Export–Import Bank of the United States, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and further Senate confirmation. He was a partner of Michael Flynn in the Flynn Intel Group, and worked with the Trump administration transition team in regards to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Paul Larudee, political activist and a major figure in the pro- Palestinian movement. He is involved in the International Solidarity Movement and the founder of the Free Gaza Movement and the Free Palestine Movement
Ahmad Madani, former Commander of the Imperial Iranian Navy (1979), governor of the Khuzestan province, and candidate of the first Iranian presidential election. After his exile to the United States in 1980, he was the chairman of the National Front outside of Iran.
Cyrus Mehri, attorney and partner at Mehri & Skalet. Best known for helping establish the National Football League's (NFL) Rooney Rule
Mariam Memarsadeghi, democracy and human rights advocate
Ross Mirkarimi, former member of San Francisco City Council and former San Francisco Sheriff. Co-founder of the Green Party of California
Mohammad Hassan Mirza II, last Crown Prince of Iran from the rule of the Qajar dynasty & heir apparent to the Qajar Sun Throne. Currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
Shayan Modarres, civil right activist known for his representation of the family of Trayvon Martin, and a 2014 Democratic primary candidate for the U.S. House from the 10th district of Florida
Esha Momeni, women's rights activist and a member of the One Million Signatures campaign
David Nahai, environmental attorney, political activist, former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Adrin Nazarian, Member of the California State Assembly from the 46th district. First Iranian-American elected to the California State Legislature
John J. Nimrod, minority rights activist and Illinois state senator of District 4 (1973-1983) of Iranian-Assyrian descent; notable for his promotion of Assyrian causes and for the rights of other under-represented minority groups throughout the world, such as Uyghurs and Tibetans
Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst currently at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute, and previously at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He is a national expert on immigration policy
Vali Nasr, Shia scholar and poetical scientist. Senior Fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution
Prince Abdul Reza Pahlavi, son of Reza Shah and half-brother of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Immigrated to the U.S. with other relatives immediately prior to the Islamic revolution of 1979
Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi, younger son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi. He was second in the order of succession to the Iranian throne prior to the Iranian revolution.
Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, twin sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Considered to be the "power behind her brother" and instrumental in the 1953 coup d'état which led him taking the throne. Served her brother as a Palace advisor and a strong advocate for women's rights.
Farah Pahlavi, widow of Mohammad Reza Shah and former (empress) of Iran shahbanu
Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi, eldest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi. Currently resides in New York City
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran, last heir apparent of the Imperial State of Iran and current head of the exiled House of Pahlavi. Oldest son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi. Founder and former leader of the National Council of Iran. Currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
Shams Pahlavi, elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Former president of the Red Lion and Sun Society. Exiled to the United States after the 1979 revolution
Yasmine Pahlavi, lawyer and wife of Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran. Co-founder and former director of the Foundation for the Children of Iran. Currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland
Mehrdad Pahlbod, Iranian royal and first culture minister of Iran (1964-1968). He was the second husband of Princess Shams Pahlavi. Immigrated to the U.S. and resided in Los Angeles after the 1979 revolution
Trita Parsi, founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council. He regularly writes articles and appears on TV to comment on foreign policy
Noraladin Pirmoazzen, Iranian politician who served as a member of the 6th and 7th Islamic Consultative Assembly from the electorate of Ardabil, Nir, Namin and Sareyn. He is also a lung and breast surgeon. Immigrated to the U.S. in 2008.
Azita Raji, former United States Ambassador to Sweden appointed by Barack Obama
Farajollah Rasaei, Commander of the Imperial Iranian Navy (1961-1972) and was considered the most Senior Naval Commander of the Iranian Navy. Exiled to the U.S. after the 1979 revolution
Parviz Sabeti, former SAVAK deputy under the regime of Mohammad Reza Shah. He was considered to be one of the most powerful men in the last two decades of the Pahlavi regime. Exiled to the U.S. in 1979.
Ahsha Safaí, elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 11
David Safavian, disgraced former Chief of Staff of the United States General Services Administration
Karim Sanjabi, Iranian politician of the National Front of Iran. Settled in the U.S. after the 1979 revolution
Hajj Sayyah, famous world traveler and political activist. He is the first Iranian to obtain an American citizenship. Played a major role in the Constitutional Revolution of 1906 in Persia.
Mohsen Sazegara, pro-democracy political activist and journalist. He held several offices in the government of Mir-Hossein Mousavi. His reformist policies clashed with the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, eventually resulting in his arrest and later exile. He currently resides in the U.S.
Farhad Sepahbody, former Ambassador of Iran to Morocco (1976-1979). Exiled to the U.S. after the Iranian Revolution
Soraya Serajeddini, Iranian-Kurdish human rights activist. Former Executive Vice President of the . Kurdish National Congress of North America
Mehdi Shahbazi, political activist and businessman. He was known for his public and visible protest against major oil companies at the grounds of his Shell Oil gas station franchises
Azadeh N. Shahshahani, human rights attorney
Ali Shakeri, activist and businessman. Serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at the University of California, Irvine, and is the founder and active member of Ettehade Jomhourikhahan-e Iran (EJI), which advocates for a democratic and secular republic in Iran. He was one of the four Iranian-Americans detained by the Iranian government in May 2007.
Jafar Sharif-Emami, former prime minister of Iran (1960-1961, 1978-1979), former president of the Iranian Senate (1964-1978), and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran (1960). Exiled to the U.S. in the wake of the Iranian Revolution
Faryar Shirzad, former Deputy National Security Advisor and White House Deputy Assistant for International Economic Affairs to President George W. Bush
Yasmine Taeb, human rights attorney and Democratic National Committee official. She is a senior policy counsel at the Center for Victims of Torture
Ramin Toloui, Assistant Secretary for International Finance, United States Department of the Treasury Bob Yousefian, former mayor of Glendale, California
Ali Abdo, boxer and founder of Persepolis Athletic and Cultural Club
Salman Agah, professional skateboarder
Alex Agase, American football guard and linebacker who played with the Cleveland Browns before becoming head football coach at Northwestern University and Purdue University
Andre Agassi, professional tennis player
Emmanuel Agassi, former boxer and the father and former coach of Andre Agassi
Daniel Alaei, professional poker player
Kambiz Atabay, former president of the Asian Football Confederation (1976–1978), former president of the Football Federation of Iran (1972–1979).
Esfandiar Baharmast, World Cup referee, FIFA Instructor, known as Esse Baharmast
David Bakhtiari, football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL), father is Iranian
Jim Bakhtiar, fullback and placekicker for the Virginia Cavaliers football team (1955–1957). After attaining his medical degree in 1963, he moved to Iran and established the country's first psychiatric unit
Eric Bakhtiari, linebacker in the NFL, most recently for the San Francisco 49ers. father is Iranian
Steven Beitashour, Iranian-American soccer player, plays for Los Angeles FC and previously for the Iranian national football team
Farzad Bonyadi, world poker champion; he has won 3 World Series of Poker bracelets
Hassan Chitsaz, world's oldest active and licensed professional boxer mixed martial artist.
Ariya Daivari, professional wrestler signed to WWE
Shawn Daivari, professional wrestler and manager, better known by his stage names of Sheik Abdul Bashir or simply Daivari 
Beneil Dariush, professional mixed martial artist competing in the Lightweight division of the UFC.
Yu Darvish, Japanese-Iranian-American MLB player
Hamid Dastmalchi, world champion of poker, who has won 3 World Series of Poker bracelets
Dorsa Derakhshani, chess player, Woman Grandmaster and International Master. Currently playing for the Saint Louis University Chess Team
Antonio Esfandiari, champion poker player, and former professional magician
Mori Eskandani, champion poker player and producer of many American poker television programs such as Poker After Dark, High Stakes Poker, and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Alecko Eskandarian, American soccer player. Played as defender for the F.C. Ararat Tehran, Taj SC and the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League
Andranik Eskandarian, former soccer player
Ali Eslami, high-stakes poker player. One of the first two people to win the Man-Machine Poker Competition against Polaris. He represented the U.S. as part of the U.S. poker team in the inaugural International Federation of Poker's Poker Nation's Cup
Ali Farokhmanesh, former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Colorado State Rams men's basketball team.
Matt Ghaffari, Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler, and MMA fighter 
Afshin Ghotbi, soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team
Hamed Haddadi, professional basketball player
Andre Heidari, American football placekicker, played college football for the USC Trojans
Ali Haji-Sheikh, American football placekicker who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants
Cyrus Hobbi, American football offensive lineman for the USC Trojans
T. J. Houshmandzadeh, former NFL wide receiver who played for the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, and the Seattle Seahawks
The Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri), retired professional wrestler
Saeed Kadkhodaian, retired professional soccer player and current president of Azad, Inc. Soccer USA and Doostan, Inc. Soccer USA. Previously, he owned, coached and played for the Austin Sockadillos and owned the Minnesota Thunder (2005-2007). 2006 inductee to the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame
King Kamali (Shahriar Kamali), IFBB professional bodybuilder
Danny Karbassiyoon, professional soccer player, played for Arsenal, Ipswich Town and Burnley
Ali Kazemaini, soccer forward and former men's head coach at Cleveland State University.
Arsalan Kazemi, former basketball player for the Washington Wizards and the first Iranian to ever be drafted into the NBA. Currently plays for Petrochimi Bandar Imam of the Iranian Basketball Super League
Kamy Keshmiri, retired discus thrower, winner of the gold metal in the men's discus throw event at the 1989 Summer Universiade
Ameen Khosravian, professional basketball player, and founder & CEO of the international clothing/apparel brand Pirouzi Athletics
Armin Mahbanoozadeh, figure skater
Ben Mahdavi, American football linebacker and long snapper. He has played for the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and the Amsterdam Admirals
George Malek-Yonan, Iran's "Champion of Champions" in track & field and pentathlon
Sanaz Marand, tennis player
Adam Mazarei, basketball coach, currently the assistant coach for the Vanderbilt Commodores of the Southeastern Conference
Garnik Mehrabian, soccer player and coach
Vahid Mirzadeh, tennis player
Omid Namazi, renowned soccer coach & retired professional soccer defender. Currently the assistant manager of United States U20
Cha Cha Namdar, soccer player who played in the Major Indoor Soccer League, North American Soccer League and Continental Indoor Soccer League.
Petros Nazarbegian, boxer, competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics as a member of the Iran senior national Boxing team. Former head coach of the Iranian national boxing team (1954-1963). Immigrated to the U.S. after the 1979 revolution
Amin Abraham Paul Nikfar, shot put for the Iranian National Team and finished 1st in the Asian Indoor Championships in Iran in 2004 
Arash Noamouz, soccer left midfielder, who played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Iran national football team, Poora, Pas, and Bahman
Shar Pourdanesh, American football offensive lineman who had played in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders from 1996 to 2001. He is distinguished as the first Iranian to play in the National Football League
Farrukh Quraishi, soccer player, who spent six seasons in the North American Soccer League playing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Calgary Boomers. He was the President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Rowdies (2014–2015)
Jahon Rad, professional soccer player who plays for the Swope Park Rangers in the USL Championship. Twin brother of Kaveh
Kaveh Rad, professional soccer player who plays for the Swope Park Rangers in the USL Championship. Twin brother of Jahon
Rhett Rakhshani, ice hockey forward
Mike Rostampour, professional basketball player, plays for the Iranian national basketball team
Amir Sadollah, professional mixed martial artist and winner of The Ultimate Fighter 7
Ramak Safi, soccer player
Nima Saghafi, soccer referee in Major League Soccer
Behdad Sami, first professional Iranian basketball player in American history
Steve Sarkisian, American football coach and former player; current offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and former offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League
Michael Shabaz, tennis player, 2005 Wimbledon boys' doubles championship
Kamal Shalorus, mixed martial artist, formerly competing in the UFC and the WEC. Currently competing in ONE FC
Kamran Shirazi, International Master of chess
Yasmin Siraj, figure skater and the 2010 U.S. junior silver medalist
Amir Vahedi, professional poker player
Leila Vaziri, competitive swimmer, gold medalist at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, and former world record holder of the 50m women's backstroke
Hooman Tavakolian, sport diplomat and lobbyist, Hall of Fame, wrestler Kia Zolgharnain, retired soccer forward, led the American Indoor Soccer Association in scoring during 1986–1987 season