GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee of America Glendale Chapter announced the appointment of longtime community activist Talar Malakian as the new Executive Director for the organization. Beginning this week, Talar Malakian will be responsible for representing the ANCA Glendale Chapter on a range of issues of importance to the Armenian-American community while also organizing events and initiatives to fulfill the community’s needs.
“I am very pleased to have an individual with Ms. Malakian’s experience and background, spearheading grassroots programs and initiatives in pursuit of meeting the needs of the Armenian American community in Glendale,” said ANCA Glendale Chapter Chairman Berdj Karapetian. “We are confident that we will build upon the groundwork of our previous Executive Director Elen Asatryan, and move forward, to new accomplishments and achievements.”
Prior to joining the ANCA Glendale Chapter as Executive Director, Malakian was introduced to the organization through the Summer Internship Program she completed in high school. Since then, she has been involved in the organization as both a previous Board Member and Executive Director of the ANCA Orange County Chapter since 2010 and the Community Outreach Director for the ANCA Western Region’s Hye Votes initiative last fall.
Aside from her involvement in the organization, she has worked as a student counselor for the University of California Early Academic Outreach Program, a staff member for various local and state campaigns, and a freelance writer for various journals, newspapers, and websites. Malakian graduated from the University of California- Irvine as an English major with a Creative Writing, Fiction Emphasis this spring.
“ANCA Glendale was the first organization that instilled in me, the passion for civic affairs and community outreach. With that passion, I look forward to all the great work, the fruitful partnerships, and the collaborative efforts that lie ahead in pursuit of a better Glendale,” added Malakian.
The ANCA-Glendale advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the city’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.