GLENDALE–The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region Board of Directors announced this week the departure of Executive Director Vicken Sonentz-Papazian–who will be leaving to join the prestigious Downtown Los Angeles Law Firm of Geragos and Geragos–and the hiring of Alex Sardar as his replacement.
Sonentz-Papazian–an attorney licensed to practice in California and the District of Columbia–holds a distinguished record of service to the Armenian-American community. As one of the first executive directors of the ANCA Washington–DC headquarters–he was responsible for helping establish and implementing the organization’s national agenda–in addition to setting direction for the organization’s regional offices.
Upon joining the ANCA-WR offices in 1995–Sonentz-Papazian was instrumental in setting policy and increasing the Armenian National Committee’s participation in local politics. Since 1995 the ANCA-WR has aggressively worked to expand its voter education and registration programs and increase its outreach to the community–resulting in a marked increase in participation in the American political process by Armenian Americans.
"Vicken has been an invaluable asset to the ANCA-WR and the Armenian-American community. Under his leadership–we have grown and solidified our position as the leading Armenian-American advocacy group in the Western US," explained ANCA-WR Board of Directors Chairman Berdj Karapetian. "We are confident that with Alex’s considerable skills and energy–we will be able to build on what Vicken has helped accomplish and continue to move forward in advancing issues of concern to the Armenian-American community," he explained.
Newly appointed Executive Director Alex Sardar joins the ANCA-WR staff with several years’ experience as an ANCA activist both in Southern California and Washington–DC. Sardar holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German Literature from the University of California at Berkeley–and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations and International Communication from the American University School of International Service in Washington–DC. Sardar’s professional experience includes international non-profit–as well as extensive and varied grassroots political work.
"When I met with our Board Directors to consider candidates to assume my position–Alex Sardar was at the top of everyone’s list," stated Sonentz-Papazian–"Now that we have Alex aboard–I can leave my post as the ANC’s Western Region Director confident that the ANC’s work will continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of our community," added Sonentz-Papazian. "Anyone who understands our organization–knows that–regardless of titles or positions held–its members consider community service a lifelong commitment. In keeping with that spirit of public service–I will remain active in advocating issues of concern to Armenian Americans," concluded Sonentz-Papazian–who will continue to assist the ANC in an advisory capacity on the Board level.
"We look forward to beginning a new chapter in the history of the ANCA-WR with Alex on board. In this crucial time for our organization–we’re confident that Alex’s varied background–both academically and professionally–will serve the Armenian American community very well," added Karapetian.