Farhang Foundation Names Next Chairman Ahmad Gramian

Founding Chairman Ali C. Razi to continue as Trustee and Vice Chairman in Foundation's next Chapter of Growth

April 4, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Farhang Foundation announced today that Mr. Ahmad Gramian, who has been with the foundation since inception as a founding trustee will be assuming the role of Chairman effective today. He will succeed Mr. Ali C. Razi, the founding chairman of Farhang Foundation, who has served as chairman since he founded the organization in 2008.

"Today is a great day for Farhang Foundation, because it is only with great succession planning that an organization can continue to grow and prosper for generations to come," said Ali C. Razi, outgoing Chairman of Farhang Foundation. "In Ahmad Gramian, we have an incredibly talented leader who is passionate about our culture and has been with Farhang from the start. He is the right person to lead us to the next level, and has my full support as a continuing board member and trustee. I could not be happier for Farhang Foundation and for all who love Iranian arts and culture."

Ahmad Gramian joined Farhang Foundation as a founding trustee in 2008. He has been incredibly active in the organization as Vice Chairman, as well as Chair of Farhang's Annual Fundraising Gala for the past 3 years. In addition to Farhang Foundation, Ahmad leads an active life as a philanthropist and successful entrepreneur: Ahmad is a Co-founder of CorpInfo Services, an information technology company delivering Infrastructure and application development consulting services. He is also a member of board of trustees for Children's Institute Inc., which helps children who have been affected by violence in their homes or communities as well as Vice President of board of trustees for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), and advisory board of Upward Bound.

"I am truly honored to serve as Farhang's next chairman and am so excited about continuing to pursue our noble mission of celebrating and promoting Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large," said Ahmad Gramian. "At Farhang we will forever be indebted to Mr. Razi for having started and led such an important organization for our community. I will do my best to continue to grow his legacy for years to come."

Over the past eight years Farhang Foundation has grown to become one of the leading Iranian cultural foundations in the world. Establishing cultural, academic and artistic programs and initiatives in collaborations with major cultural institutions in Southern California. Some of the highlighted initiatives Include the establishment of the country's largest Annual Celebration of Nowruz (Iranian New Year), attracting over 20,000 visitors in 2017, successfully establishing historic Iranian studies programs at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Irvine, and sponsoring countless Iranian arts and cultural events for the community at large. Each year Farhang is the proud sole sponsor of the long running UCLA Celebrations of Iranian Cinema. Farhang's latest project is The Freedom Sculpture - a monument to multicultural coexistence to be gifted to the city of Los Angeles.

 

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Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz, Shabe-Yalda, Mehregan, theater and dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture and is currently commissioning a monumental gift to Los Angeles celebrating the shared humanitarian values of Cyrus the Great and the Founding Fathers of America. For more info visit Farhang.org and FreedomSculpture.org.