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Sima Ladjevardian

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Chair of the National Women’s Business Council

Sima Ladjevardian is a lawyer, a mother of two, a small business owner, and a community and political activist. After leaving political upheaval and revolution, Ms. Ladjevardian’s family arrived in the United States and, through her journey as an immigrant, she has seen first-hand the power and promise this country can provide. Ms. Ladjevardian has dedicated her life to aiding immigrants and underserved communities. She manages her own law practice while co-owning various family businesses, and was one of the first Iranian-American major party nominees for Congress. Her platform was based on providing affordable access to health care for all and she was named as Houston’s Most Influential Woman 2020-2021.

For the last 2 years, Ms. Ladjevardian was appointed as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving as HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s representative responsible for guiding and coordinating HHS policy initiatives as they related to state, local, and tribal governments in Region 6 covering Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as 68 federally recognized tribal nations. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively to ensure that hardworking families have opportunities to thrive and be healthy.

Ms. Ladjevardian serves as a Trustee of the Harris Health Systems and the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston. She has served on many boards in the past including the Center for Public Policy and Priorities.

Ms. Ladjevardian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate degree from Hastings College of Law. She is fluent in French, Farsi and Spanish.