Program Assistant, Middle East Policy
Ethan Azad was FCNL’s program assistant on Middle East policy for 2020. He worked with FCNL’s legislative team to advance progressive policies on Capitol Hill.
Most recently, Ethan worked as a legislative fellow for Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), where he was responsible for the congresswoman’s foreign affairs and national security portfolio. At Rep. Tlaib’s office, Ethan focused on the ongoing human rights crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, and coordinated with NGOs and congressional offices to promote reforms to the Patriot Act that would protect Americans' constitutional rights. Prior, he worked at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the largest grassroots organization for Iranian-Americans who support their pro-peace, pro-diplomacy, and anti-war message.
Ethan’s passion for foreign affairs stems from the experience of witnessing his loved ones abroad bear the impact of U.S. economic sanctions while being barred from entering the U.S. because of the Trump administration’s discriminatory Muslim ban.
Ethan graduated from the University of California – San Diego with a major in international business.