Trita Parsi was born on July 21, 1974, in Ahvaz, a city in southwestern Iran. His family relocated to Sweden a year before Iran’s 1979 Revolution. Parsi retained his citizenship of Iran and has a second passport from Sweden. In the US, he’s an alien resident with a Green Card and apparently has made no effort to become a citizen.
Parsi first traveled to the US in 1991 to attend Barnsville High School in Ohio as an exchange student. He reportedly experienced difficulties with his host family and would have had to return to Sweden had Bob Ney, then a state senator, not intervened on his behalf. Parsi remained in the US and in 1992 he graduated from high school and then returned to Sweden.
The next period in Parsi’s life is unclear. It is known that when he was 25 years old he traveled in the summer of 1997 to Washington, DC to work as an intern for then-Congressman Robert Ney. In August he founded “Iranians for International Cooperation” to lobby policymakers in the US and Europe.
Between 1992 and 1997, it is assumed Parsi completed an undergraduate degree. But there is no record of where he attended school. Available CVs of Parsi list his education at Barnsville High School and then jump to 2000, when Parsi received two graduate degrees. Why Parsi provided no listing of an undergraduate degree on his CVs is not known.
In the summer of 1998, Parsi worked at a bank (Handelsbanken) in Stockholm and then traveled to New York, where he spent four months (Sept. 1998-Jan. 1999) at Sweden’s Mission to the United Nations.
In April 1999, Parsi applied for the position of Executive Director at the American-Iranian Council (AIC), a non-profit organization founded by Rutgers University Professor Houshang Amirachmadi. Parsi was not selected for the position.
In November 1999, Parsi presented a paper coauthored by Siamak Namazi (see below for more details) at a conference in Cypress.
In 2000, Parsi was awarded a Master’s Degree in economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. (His thesis focused on economic sanctions on Iran.) Parsi’s CV from around 2000 lists a second Master’s Degree from Stockholm University. Later CVs by Parsi list the second Master’s Degree from Uppsala University. Why the differences in the universities is another mystery about Parsi’s past.
After graduating, Parsi worked for about a year at Kreab, a communications company in Sweden.
Parsi was offered the position of Director of Development at AIC in early 2001. After receiving a work permit, he moved to the US in February to begin work at the organization. While at AIC, Parsi planned the structure of a new lobbying NGO. He worked at AIC for less than a year, and then left to begin a Ph.D. program at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
In 2002, Parsi and Alex Patico co-founded the National Iranian-American Council. The same year, Parsi was hired by Atief Bahar, an Iranian consulting company with close ties to the regime, to write a newsletter on political issues in Washington, DC regarding Iran.
From November 2001 to June 2005, Parsi was a “foreign policy advisor” to Congressman Robert Ney.
In 2003, Parsi married Amina Semlali, a Swedish citizen. Parsi worked part-time at NIAC until completing his Ph.D. in 2006. He obtained a Green Card to remain in the US. His thesis was published in 2007 as a book, titled “Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.”
In 2012, Parsi published a second book, “A Single Roll of the Dice; Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran.”
 Parsi was Executive Director, Babak Talebi was President, and Fareed Saeed was PR Director.
 No date is shown on the CV, although it lists Parsi’s “student address” in Stockholm, Sweden, which would indicate the date is prior to his relocation in the US in early 2001.
Read more about NIAC:
Bogus Memberships & Supporters
Iranians for International Cooperation
Parsi/Namazi Lobbying Plan
Parsi Links to Namazi & Iranian Regime
Namazi, NIAC Ringleader
Collaborating with Iran’s Ambassador