top of page


Alexandra J. Lazar
(Executive Director)


Alexandra is the Executive Director at the Assyrian Studies Association. She is currently obtaining her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Davis where she is studying international relations, civil conflicts, bilateral agreements, and minority politics. She has also studied political economy, comparative politics, and voting behavior at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) where she earned her Master’s degree with high distinction. Prior to CSULA, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications at the University of California, Davis. In addition, she has presented her research at the Western Political Science Association 2019 Conference and at the American Political Science Association 2019 Conference.

An accomplished author, Alexandra has co-authored an article, "Active Learning and Interpersonal Skills Development among First-Generation College Students,"(International Studies Perspectives) that explores how active learning contributes to the building of cultural capital for first-generation college students and contributes to developing interpersonal skills for first-generation and second-generation college students. She has also co-authored a book chapter, "Chapter 6: An Extraordinary Set of Circumstances: Rouda vs. Rohrabacher in California's 48th Congressional District" in the book Cases in Congressional Campaigns Split Decision.

Prior to joining the Assyrian Studies Association, she worked as the Foundation Relations & Senior Grant Coordinator at the Gary Sinise Foundation. When she is not working, Alexandra enjoys painting, traveling, and trivia nights, and spending time with family & friends.

Ralph Griffith
(Advisor to the Board of Directors)


Ralph is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and business incubation, business planning, and commercialization expert, with dozens of company ideation and commercialization successes. He consults with universities and corporations on creativity, workforce development, incubation, and creating innovation within organizations. Ralph presents and researches entrepreneurship pedagogy and works to blend experiential work into the classroom setting.

Ralph is also a management and innovation consultant and has operated the Small Business Solutions Group for over a decade. In addition to consulting, Ralph is a WordPress developer and operates a number of privately held business ventures via


Heritage Archive Team

Ramsin Adam

Elvin Golpashin

Tomas Beth-Avdalla

Ruth Kambar


Julia Bajone Hallisy


Christy Shalitta 


Ashley Errington

Esther Lang

Esther Lang Photo.jpg

Somar Oshana

Screen Shot 2022-07-20 at 3.28.04 PM.png


Charles McGowan

bottom of page