Dokhi Fassihian is an international human rights expert. Since 2003, she has led three non-governmental organizations working in the areas of human rights, democracy, and Iranian affairs. Formerly she was executive director of National Iranian American Council, an advocacy and civic education organization serving the Iranian-American community. Ms. Fassihian has also worked as a research analyst of the Middle East and national security policies for the CNA Corporation. Her work in international development and advocacy has focused on governance, civic empowerment, and human rights. In the late 1990s, Ms. Fassihian worked for the United Nations Development Program in Tehran. Before that, she worked for the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, an international human rights organization. Ms. Fassihian holds a Master of Arts in Advanced International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies with a focus on the Middle East and International Economics.