Advisory Board

Dr. Firouz NaderiFirouz_0518_2

Dr. Naderi is the director for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Formerly, he was the associate director for Project Formulation and Strategy (2005-2011) providing oversight of new business acquisition and strategic planning at JPL. Prior to that, he was the head of the Mars Exploration Program (2000-2005) a span of time that included the successful launch of Mars Odyssey, landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the development of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Before Mars, he managed the Origins Program (1996-2000) an ambitious, technology-rich plan to search for Earth-like planets in other planetary systems.Naderi received his doctorate from the University of Southern California in electrical engineering and joined JPL in 1979. His career at JPL has spanned system engineering, technology development, and program and project management for satellite communications systems, Earth remote sensing observatories, astrophysical observatories and planetary systems.Naderi is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the recipient of a number of awards, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, Space Technology Hall of Fame Medal and NASA’s highest award: the Distinguished Service Medal.
He is also a 2005 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor given for outstanding contributions that have enriched American society and exemplify its cultural diversity. He was most recently recognized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) with the William Randolph Lovelace II Award for outstanding contributions to space science and technology.

Tamilla Ghodsi

Tamilla Ghodsi is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1997, Tamilla practiced tax law at White & Case in New York from 1994 to 1997. She earned a BA, with honors, in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University in 1991. She received her JD, cum laude, in 1994 from the University of Michigan Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1997. At the University of Michigan Law School, Tamilla served as the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of International Law from 1993 to 1994 and authored the article Tying a Slipknot: Temporary Marriages in Iran, 15 Mich. J. Int’l L. 625 (1994).

Tamilla has been involved in various philanthropic efforts over the years. She was a board member of the Iranian-American Bar Association from 2002 to 2004. Tamilla is also a board member of Razi Health Foundation and the Coalition for Persian Charities. In addition, Tamilla has served on the New York Noruz at the Met Steering Committee 2007 – 2011. Tamilla is a supporter of the Asia Society programs with particular focus on Iranian art, including supporting the Asia Society exhibit: “Ardeshir Mohassess: Art & Satire in Iran” and serving on the Benefit Committee for the exhibit “Glass, Giling, & Grand Design: Art of Sasanian Iran (224-642).”  Tamilla is the founder and currently serves as an adviser to Shabeh Jomeh, a monthly gathering of Iranian professionals designed to improve upon existing professional and social relations, which began in New York in February 2000.

Tamilla was born in Mashad, Iran. She, her husband, Bijan Ayromloo, and their son reside in New York City.