WATERTOWN–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Eastern Region Board of Directors announced the establishment of a new office in New York City and the hiring of ANC activist Doug Geogerian as the region’s new Executive Director.
"With close to 20 local ANCs and working with countless activists in 31 states on the East Coast–we feel it is important for us to expand our operations to give the Armenian American community additional resources to rely on," stated ANCA Eastern Region Chairman Dikran Kaligian. "With New York City being the media and financial center of the world–an important hub for academia and culture–and home to the headquarters of the United Nations–various NGO’s and several Armenian-American institutions–we feel that this is an important and necessary step."
"We are also excited to have Doug joining our staff. As an active and committed member of the Armenian American community–he brings experience–energy–and dedication to his position as Executive Director," continued Kaligian. "Doug will greatly assist the ANCA continue its work to further promote important issues of concern to Armenian Americans," concluded Kaligian.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to begin working at the Armenian National Committee of America," stated Geogerian. "The task ahead promises to be exciting and–at the same time–challenging. I look forward to working with our local chapters and activists to help advance our interests at the local–state and federal level."
Geogerian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago in 1990 and was awarded a Masters of Education at Harvard University in 1992. After pursuing advanced study at Teachers College of Columbia University–Geogerian joined the faculty of a leading progressive New York City high school whose mission was to engender critical thinking skills in the minds of underprivileged youth. He has been a teaching professional in the New York City public school system for the last twelve years.
A prominent activist in the New York ANC–Geogerian has facilitated various public forums–planned Genocide commemorations–met with members of Congress–and organized demonstrations for the advancement of the Armenian Cause.
Current ANCA Eastern Region Director Arin Gregorian will be stepping down at the end of August to pursue career interests in the Boston area. "Arin has served as Director for three years–and his dedication and commitment have contributed immensely to the success of the work we do in the Armenian American community," stated Kaligian. "We wish him great success in his endeavors." The Watertown–Massachusetts ANCA Eastern Region office will remain open and active.