Rana Lashgari was born in a world where access to government was limited to the radical powerful elite. It was Iran in the early 1980s, following the revolution. Any semblance of a democratic Iran had disappeared. Now, 30 years later, Rana dedicates herself to bridging the gap between everyday people and their local governments. Her company connects people and their businesses with their elected officials in a manner not possible where she was born.
Given her origins, it’s no surprise Rana’s early legal career saw her fighting corruption by elected officials in Ventura County, California. From there, she continued her work as a prosecutor in Phoenix – ultimately running significant jury trials at the City courthouse. She was a rising star on the prosecutorial front, but never lost her passion for politics and government policy.
Before founding her own firm three years ago, Rana worked at almost every level of government – from local to federal. She served as an executive staff member for Senator John McCain, Chief of Staff for Councilman Sal DiCiccio, municipal prosecutor for the City of Phoenix, outside counsel for the Arizona Corporation Commission and an investigative prosecutor for the County of Ventura in California.
Having worked at the municipal, county, state and federal levels, Rana accumulated a network which spans Arizona at every level of government. Her experience in these public offices exposed Rana to lobbyists of all stripes and, more importantly, illustrated the need for a more accessible brand of lobbying. Her depth of knowledge and reputation make her a go-to consultant for politicians, campaigns, community groups and businesses looking to succeed at the local level.
Rana believes anyone can benefit from having an advocate to help them navigate city hall. Whether working with an NBA team to enhance its arena or assisting a community in Yavapai County to organize and protect their wilderness area from intrusive development, Rana brings lobbying to a human level while creating impressive coalitions. Her fresh approach breaks down barriers in an industry traditionally shrouded by the old school notion that lobbying is only for large corporations with deep pockets.
Within three short years, Arizona Municipal Strategies became one of Arizona's largest lobbying firms, representing individuals brand new to lobbying, community groups seeking a louder voice about their neighborhood and Fortune 500 corporations trying to navigate the city process.
Rana was named a 2021 Woman Achievers of Arizona by the Arizona Capitol Times and one of the Great 48 by Phoenix Magazine.
She earned her J.D. from University of Arizona’s James E Rogers College of Law and a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and International Affairs from University of California, Riverside.
Rana is actively involved in her community, serving on a variety of boards and committees. She is an advisory board member of the Arizona Sustainability Alliance, an organization dedicated to creating and supporting cutting edge, project based sustainability solutions. She also serves on the board of the Persian New Year Foundation, which hosts an annual Persian New Year festival in Scottsdale. Rana also dedicates her time as a board member for Fulfillment in Training (F.I.T.), a nonprofit designed to connect and build trust between underserved youth and law enforcement through physical education and sports.
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