Assal Ravandi | Founder | CEO
Assal Ravandi is the Founder and CEO of the Academy of United States Veterans, an organization that focuses on promoting veteran causes, campaigns and veteran service organizations through media relations, public relations and community outreach. A former U.S. Army intelligent analyst and language instructor, Ravandi trained as a combat-qualified linguist and cultural affairs adviser and served in Afghanistan.
Among her military honors and awards were the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. However, Ravandi would say that her proudest distinction was simply serving with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment.
A successful immigrant herself, Ravandi knows something about the difficulties of integrating into a new society. Identifying with the troops with whom she served, Ravandi realized that her new mission was to help veterans from all backgrounds “connect the dots” between an honorable discharge and securing a meaningful and sustainable new life. Through a range of contacts, connections, and cajoling – with the help of a series of business professionals, executives, and educational institutions –Ravandi coordinates the steps necessary to help veteran service organizations and programs find great visibility in the American community and empowers them to continue their service to the veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Ravandi holds a Masters in Human Development and a Masters is Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University.