Shahriar Afshar, CEO & Founder
The Afshar Group was founded by Shahriar Afshar, a career public servant, lobbyist, business developer, social entrepreneur and public affairs leader. Shahriar is an empathic servant-leader, passionate about public engagement, grassroots campaigns and making government simple, accessible and relevant to the lives of ordinary citizens. He is dedicated to public service, a lifetime well spent on advancing the public’s business with pride, honor and accountability while empowering and elevating the voices of minorities, disabled and disenfranchised communities, locally and globally.
Shahriar is an innovative change agent, building public-private partnerships, streamlining bureaucratic processes, unleashing diverse A-teams and implementing progressive best management practices that get sustainable results. He is a recognized strategic communicator, dedicated to inclusiveness, collaboration, diplomacy and active listening with opposing internal stockholders & external stakeholders, while driving compelling interpersonal, public & social media messaging.
Shahriar served in public service with the City & Port of San Diego for over 25 years, leading $500 million waterfront development projects to standing up and new departments like Development Services and Government & Civic Relations. Shahriar has been a speaker at trade associations and countless civic groups, mainstream TV/print news media and professional organizations, including visiting dignitaries and members of the US Congress. He was a lobbyist in Washington, DC and worked closely with several Fortune 100 companies to advance free trade and economic diplomacy and engagement such as Caterpillar, Exxonmobil & General Motors.