40-YEAR PASADENA RESIDENT
DEDICATED CITY COMMISSIONER
LONGTIME PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY SERVANT
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR
My dedication to community stems from a tragic, life-altering event.
On the harrowing evening of August 20, 2004, I fell victim to a random drive-by shooting. The injuries were so severe that the doctors were skeptical about my odds of survival. After getting a second chance at life, I dedicated myself to public service.
Pasadena has been my home for 40-years now. I was only 3 years-old when my loving parents – Movses and Annie – immigrated to the United States and settled in our city. They fled the civil war in Beirut, Lebanon to make sure that my brother and I would have access to opportunity and stability. I am a proud product of Pasadena area public schools, graduating from Pasadena High School (Class of 1994) and California State University, Los Angeles where I majored in Political Science. I later completed my legislative training at the Robert M. Hertzberg CAPITOL Institute in Sacramento.
My involvement in local and state governance spans over two decades. I have had the great fortune to work for several members of the California State Legislature, including the late State Assemblymember Keith Richman, M.D., and our own former Assemblymember Jack Scott. Currently, I serve as a City Commissioner as the Mayor’s appointee to the Pasadena City Library Commission and I am also a member of Pasadena’s 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. Public education is one of my major passions, and I have served as a local area public school district administrator for the neighboring Glendale Unified School District for nearly a decade now.
As an active member of Pasadena’s vibrant Armenian-American community, I have had the honor of serving as the former Chairman and current Executive Board member of the Armenian National Committee of America – Pasadena Chapter, and my dedication and passion for learning and education has further compelled me to pursue and earn a Post Graduate / Professional Certification from Mashdots College in Armenian Studies.
Shortly after April of 2019, when District 2’s current City Councilwoman – Margaret McAustin – announced that she would not seek reelection, a huge groundswell of enthusiasm and support was created throughout the community, encouraging me to consider stepping up to and accept this challenge. After much thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I decided to heed my community’s wishes and answer the call to better serve it in this capacity.
We now have the opportunity to elect a Councilmember who will serve Pasadena honorably and put the needs of our community first. We can finally have a representative who will work tirelessly to pursue and champion our critical needs and interests.
As your next City Councilmember, my priorities are:
Clean and safe neighborhoods
Quality public education
Affordable and accessible housing
On March 3, 2020, I humbly ask for your vote.