LOS ANGELES–Armenia Fund US Western Region announced Wednesday that the president of its board of directors, Maria Mehranian, has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).
Mehranian will be honored at a special ceremony at the Ellis Island in New York on Saturday.
The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is an award that pays homage to the immigrant experience, as well as for individual achievement. The medal is awarded to US citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. The honorees are remarkable Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage. The NECO was established by William Denis Fugazy in 1984.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are sanctioned by the United States Congress and recipients’ names are listed in the Congressional Record. When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) sponsored a resolution to officially recognize NECO’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor, she said, "Our heritage gives us roots. It brings meaning to our lives and binds us to each other." The Senate Resolution, which passed unanimously, applauds the Medal of Honor for celebrating "the richness and diversity of American life."
Since 2004, Mehranian has been serving as the president of Armenia Fund, Inc. in a volunteer capacity. Since its inception the Fund has rendered more than $190 million in large-scale infrastructure development projects as well as short-term humanitarian aid. Since 2004, the Fund has registered an unprecedented level of growth in the Western US both in the number of donors and total amount raised.
Mehranian is the Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Los Angeles based Cordoba Corporation, a civil engineering and construction management firm specializing in educational facilities, transportation systems, and water infrastructure.
Mehranian also serves on the La Canada Planning Commission. The municipal entity is responsible for reviewing proposed development and land use requests with the mandate to preserve and improve the quality of life in the city. Mehranian is also a volunteer board member at the California Hospital Medical Center.