AFI Leadership

Our Leadership

STAFF

STAFF

Executive Director, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Sanjay Sethi serves as AFI’s Executive Director, overseeing the coordination of its advocacy programs and legal services.

Director of Programs, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Ashley Tucker serves as AFI’s Director of Programs, leading planning and implementation of its programs and legal services for at-risk artists.

Director of Legal Services, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Mr. Mazaheri serves as AFI’s Director of Legal Services, overseeing the coordination of its resettlement programs and legal services.

Programs Associate, Artistic Freedom Initiative

Sofía Monterroso serves as AFI’s Programs Associate, providing legal and resettlement support for artists-at-risk and assisting with the planning and implementation of programs and events.

Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Partner, Jenner & Block | United States Ambassador and Permanent Representative, United Nations Human Rights Council

Ambassador (ret.) Keith M. Harper is a partner at Jenner & Block, where he chairs the firm's Native American Law Practice.

Founder and President, Gratias Partners

Daniela Kaisth is Founder and President of Gratias Partners (GP), a philanthropy advisory firm that helps donors to give more effectively and non-profits to develop new initiatives through collaboration and high-impact philanthropy.

Executive Director, SDK Foundation for Human Dignity | Founding Member & Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law.

Dr. Dinesh Khosla is the Founder and Executive Director of the SDK Foundation for Human Dignity | Founding Member & Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law.

Deputy Executive Director, SDK Foundation for Human Dignity

Divya D. Khosla has over a decade of experience in US foreign policy

Vice President - Strategic Initiatives New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA)

Since November 2014, Jim Miller has been the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA).

Executive Director, Artistic Freedom Initiative | Founding Partner, Sethi & Mazaheri LLC

Sanjay Sethi serves as AFI’s Executive Director, overseeing coordination of its advocacy programs and legal services.

Advisory Board

ADVISORY BOARD

Associate at Sethi & Mazaheri LLC | Director, International Short Film Competition at Forum on Life, Culture & Society

Shervin Abachi is an Associate at Sethi & Mazaheri Law Firm where he works with clients on a variety of immigration and criminal matters.

Independent Non-Profit Consultant

David Dean has over 30 years of experience as an arts administrator, strategic planner, and non-profit fundraiser.

Kenan Project Manager, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Elizabeth Grady is a curator, cultural advisor, and consultant, cross-pollinating socially engaged art (SEA) and management consulting to create emotionally intelligent organizations and effective arts for change programs.

Composer, Musician, Songwriter

Siddhartha Khosla is a film and television composer, and singer/songwriter/producer of the critically acclaimed band, Goldspot.

Musician, Singer-songwriter

Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in California.

Professor Of Law, Director Of Center For Social Justice, Seton Hall Law

Lori A. Nessel's teaching and scholarship focus largely in the areas of immigration and refugee law and policy, international human rights, rule of law, and access to justice.

Film Producer, Festival Programmer

Sara Nodjoumi is a film producer and festival programmer. She co-produced and co-directed I Call Myself Persian: Iranians In America, which aired on PBS and premiered at the MoMA Documentary Fortnight.

Senior Vice President, Global Marketing And Merchandising, Esteé Lauder Companies, Inc.

Salima Popatia is the Senior Vice President, Global Online MMA Group, overseeing marketing, merchandising and analytic strategies across The Esteé Lauder Companies portfolio of 30 leading prestige beauty brands.

Managing Director for Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute

Sarah Leah Whitson is the Managing Director for Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute.