Ms. Stephanie Lester
Stephanie Lester is the Executive Director of the American Iranian Council, overseeing daily administration of the organization and managing all AIC teams, including Programming, Research, Media Relations, Development, and Community Outreach.
A passionate proponent of improved US-Iran relations, Stephanie developed a taste for US-Iran relation building early in life. In 1999 she traveled to Iran as a student with Search for Common Ground, which organized a delegation to observe the last total solar eclipse of the millennium. The group included distinguished individuals such as Dr. Alan Hale of Hale-Bopp comet fame, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and Ambassador William Miller who currently serves on the AIC’s Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the American Iranian Council, Stephanie practiced law at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York City, advising high-net-worth clients on estate planning. In 2009 she founded a specialty foods business, Caveman Bakery LLC, whose products achieved wide distribution across leading natural food chains in the US and abroad. In her capacity as owner and manager, she oversaw all aspects of administration including marketing, procurement, production and distribution of goods, personnel decisions, as well as legal and financial matters. She is excited to bring this business and administrative experience to bear in the non-profit arena and to help further AIC’s mission.
Stephanie graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Philosophy, and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also spent time abroad, including a year at Oxford University, and a term studying international law at the University of Sydney, Australia.