WASHINGTON—Armenian American community leader and respected Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Board Member Raffi Hamparian will serve as the organization’s next national chairman.
Hamparian succeeds longtime ANCA leader Ken Hachikian, who will continue his tenure on the national board and expand his portfolio of community responsibilities.
“I welcome this new opportunity to serve the Armenian American community and build bridges that will strengthen the Armenian Nation,” said Hamparian. “When we work together, when we dream together, when we unite for a common purpose, there is nothing the ANCA cannot achieve. I look forward to working with the brilliant, loving, and positive individuals in our community who want to bolster the Armenian Cause,” he added.
Hachikian welcomed Hamparian to the helm of the ANCA National Board, stating, “It’s been an honor to help lead our national efforts, along with Raffi and the rest of our national board and staff for the past 15 years. I am honored to have had this opportunity and deeply grateful that I will continue to work with this capable team and our grassroots network across America to protect our homeland, promote our heritage, and realize our rights.”
Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Hamparian is a graduate of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations. Hamparian has worked for a number of members of Congress, most recently as the chief foreign affairs aide for former New Jersey Congressman Steven R. Rothman. He currently serves as the Director of Federal Affairs for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Hamparian is a lifelong Armenian American political activist, having begun his activism as a proud member of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF). He is a resident of Pasadena, Calif., where he lives with his wife Dr. Mireille Hamparian and their children Areni, Zabelle, Meghri and Saro.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West