About Me

I was born in Iran & living in San Diego, CA since 1979. Life is good because even when its not, I chose to make it good. So can you. I went to San Diego State University & obtained a BS in Business Administration & a Master of Public Administration.  Driven by a strong sense of civic duty, which I often cannot explain, I will always be committed to public service in one form or another. So, for the past 20 years, I did just that: public service. I don't know what the next 20 years will bring but I hope to continue to make a difference where I can & when I can. 

Shahriar Afshar


I am a Government Relations Strategist and with over 20 years of experience in local, state, federal & international government relations, specializing in economic diplomacy by aligning invested stockholders with vested stakeholders.

I am an International Trade Advisor and advocate for Iranian-American entrepreneurs & Fortune 100 companies on international business development, trade, regulatory compliance & community engagement projects.

I am a Civic Project Developer , from $500 million convention center expansions to 500-acre military base closures to managing World Trade Centers and multi-million dollar portfolios of real estate assets & development projects.

I am a Nonprofit Leader , as a civic entrepreneur, I have established & led several political, trade & community organizations to success by tirelessly advancing the causes I care about & believe in.
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I am a public communicator with a personal, dynamic & compelling style that often speaks in community, professional or media events on public policy & leadership, civic projects & real estate and Iranian-American trade & sanctions topics.


I am an Autism Dad of a beautiful son (& a brilliant second one). Life is not easy with autism but we choose to make every day a good day, so it is. He is as perfect as God made him and my job as an unconditionally accepting parent is to help him be the best that he can be. 


I am an Iranian-American for which I am truly grateful because it gives me tradition, opportunity and perspective, especially on global affairs that guides me every day in life, work & relationships. 


I am a soccer enthusiast because the beautiful game is the perfect mixture of teamwork, strategy & patience built on a foundation of natural technique and learned tactics, everything you need to be a powerful force on the field and lead a powerful life off the field. 


So like you, I am many things which makes every moment an event and every day an opportunity.