Trendsetter to Know: Rana Lashgari

Name: Rana Lashgari

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Age: 37

Title: Attorney

Married/Single: Taken

Kids: Hi West! Mommy loves you!

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes…

every morning starts with a meditation and yoga practice. Just kidding! The best part of my job is that every day looks different. One day I’ll be meeting with my tech clients about the most exciting innovative new technology and the potential public sector applications and the next day I’ll be discussing my client’s racehorses with council members on behalf of Arizona’s newest and nicest racetrack. Our clients come from every background and industry, which keeps my days fresh and interesting.

I was born…

in Tehran, Iran.  

My favorite thing about Arizona…

Sky Harbor Airport! It’s the best airport, run by the best folks. And I live 20 minutes away so I can go wherever I want, whenever I want.

I’m listening to…

city council meetings.

My family…

is everything.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Jason and West.

One thing I cannot live without…

my phone.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

not a doctor.

I’m inspired by…

other female business owners in our community.

The one person who motivates me is…

my lovely partner Jason.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

daylight savings time. Get rid of it.

The perfect day would be…

brunch, my boys, happy clients and a beach.

My first job was…

as an Investigative Assistant for the Bureau of Investigation at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. It was just like the movies. I worked with the most brilliant detectives on so many exciting cases. That experience made me a much better prosecutor later in my career.

My favorite escape…

Mexico.

My life…

is filled with gratitude.

I’m currently working on…

ceramics. Great stress reliever.

Always…

be grateful.

Never…

be rude.

Favorite Quote…

pretty much anything by Brené Brown.

Biggest Dream…

to represent more non-profit groups. I love their commitment to our community. There is so much potential to create mutually beneficial partnerships with local governments.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

assholes. Can I say that?

More about Rana…

Rana Lashgari is the owner of Arizona Municipal Strategies, a lobbying firm in Phoenix. Advocating for people and organizations has been a long-time passion. Rana’s unique background as an attorney, former prosecutor and chief of staff gives her a competitive edge over a traditional lobbyist. Having worked at the municipal, county and federal levels, she has accumulated a network that spans Arizona at every level of government. 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.

She believes everyone can benefit from having an advocate help them navigate their local governments. Whether working with a mom’s group to make changes to a neighborhood park or an NBA team to enhance its arena, Rana’s kind of lobbying knows no boundaries. 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

Rana’s vast network of good relationships stems from years of high-level positions at both the Arizona state and federal levels of government. She has the resources and insights to help clients tailor their approaches — whether their goal is to make new connections, obtain funding, develop and execute new policies, secure procurement opportunities or understand the nuances of issues in the current climate.



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